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Eric Williams was succeeded by George
Michael Chambers who joined the PNM in
1956. The nation's second Prime Minister
was appointed by then President, Ellis
Clarke, upon the death of Eric Williams in
1981. While in that year, Chambers, who
was born in Port-of-Spain, won the elec-
tions for the PNM, his reign only lasted till
1986 when again he contested the General
Elections and only won three out of 36
seats in Parliament. In the same year,
Chambers resigned from the party and
Patrick Manning began his reign over the
People's National Movement.
Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson
was this country's third Prime Minister
and is dubbed one of the most experi-
enced parliamentarians in the Caribbean.
Born on December 16th, 1926, at Calder
Hall, Tobago, Robinson's achievements are
numerous. A past student of the Castara
Methodist School and Bishop's High
School, Tobago, Robinson was the school's
first student to win the House Scholarship in 1942.
In 1949 he began his Bachelor of Laws Degree at London University
(as an external student) and according to the Parliament's website,
"In 1951, he left for the United Kingdom where he gained admission to
the Inner Temple and passed the bar final examinations in 1953. That
same year he was admitted to St. John's College, Oxford, where he ob-
tained a good Second Class Honours Degree in two years in Philosophy,
Politics and Economics."
Portfolios and roles held by Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson after
this are indeed too many to mention. He is the founder of the National Al-
liance for Reconstruction (NAR) which he took to victory in 1986. In 1990,
he survived a coup attempt by the Jamaat al Muslimeen. He reigned as
the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago until December 1991.
Later, he became the President of the country and served from 19th
March 1997 to 17th March 2003.
Born on September 25, 1911, Dr Eric
Williams became this country's first Prime
Minister staying in office from November 10,
1956 till his death on March 29, 1981. At school
Williams excelled at academics and football.
The past student of Queen's Royal College and
the University of Oxford, in 1935, received first
class honours for his B.A in history, and was
ranked in first place among University of Ox-
ford students graduating in History in 1935.
Williams was appointed to the Anglo-
American Caribbean Commission in 1944.
Frustrated with the Commission, Williams,
after several speeches made at what he
christened 'The University of Woodford
Square', formed his own political party on
January 15, 1956. The party, the People's Na-
tional Movement (PNM), took Trinidad and
Tobago to Independence and in 1976, took the
country to becoming a Republic.
Williams was married to a woman named
Elsie and had two children, Alistair and
Williams made history. Tonnes of websites
and books speak of him. He truly made a dif-
ference for Trinbagonians. His speeches have
become quite popular and the changes he
made for this country will never be forgotten.
Born in San Fernando on 17 August 1946,
Patrick Manning, was this country's fourth
and sixth Prime Minister. Past student of
Presentation College, San Fernando and
the University of the West Indies, Mona,
Jamaica, Manning, is a former leader of the
PNM. He has been Prime Minister from De-
cember 17th 1991 to November 9th 1995
and Leader of the Opposition from 1986 to 1990 and from 1995 to 2001.
He is married to Former Education Minister Hazel Manning.
In 2001 following a deadlock after the General Elections, Manning was
appointed as Prime Minister by then President, Arthur N.R Robinson.
Manning, who holds a BSc in Geology, then reigned from December
24th 2001 until May 26th 2010 when his party was defeated by the
People's Partnership and its leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Born on May 25th, 1933 Basdeo Panday
is this country's fifth Prime Minister. Pan-
day served as Prime Minister from 1995 to
2001. According to the website -
http://www.ttparliament.org "Mr. Panday
worked as a cane weigher, primary school
teacher and civil servant prior to attending
university where he obtained degrees in
Law (Lincoln's Inn 1962), Economics (Lon-
don University - 1965) and Drama (London
School of Dramatic Art - 1960). Prime Min-
ister Panday entered politics in 1966 when
he became a member of the Workers and
Farmers' Party. He was also advisor to a number of Trade Unions upon
starting his private practice as a lawyer and continued his struggle for
workers' rights when he became President General of the All Trinidad
Sugar and General Workers' Trade Union (ATS&GWTU) in 1973. He con-
tinued to serve in this position until his appointment as Prime Minister."
Married to Oma Panday, Mr. Panday served as Leader of the Opposi-
tion from 1976--1977, 1978--1986, 1989--1995 and 2001--2010.
The Red House, originally the seat
of Parliament in the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago.
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