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Eric Williams

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

Eric Eustace Williams (25 September 1911 – 29 March 1981) was a Trinidadian politician. He served as the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He served as prime minister from 1962 until his death in 1981.


Dr. Eric Eustace Williams

1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
August 31, 1962 – March 29, 1981
PresidentSolomon Hochoy
Ellis Clarke
Preceded byPrime Minister established
Succeeded byGeorge Chambers
Premier of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
9 July 1959 – 31 August 1962
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Chief Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
October 28, 1956 – July 9, 1959
Preceded byAlbert Gomes
Succeeded byPost abolished
Political Leader of the People's National Movement
In office
1955–1981
Preceded byParty established
Succeeded byGeorge Chambers
Personal details
Born(1911-09-25)September 25, 1911
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
DiedMarch 29, 1981(1981-03-29) (aged 69)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Political partyPNM
ChildrenAlistair Williams, Pamela Williams, Erica Williams Connell
Alma materSt. Catherine's College, Oxford

He was also a known Caribbean historian, and is widely thought as "The Father of The Nation" to Trinidadians.

Williams died from throat cancer in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, aged 69.