This Day in History

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Former Prime Minister of Jamaica Donald Sangster

Donald Sangster was appointed Jamaica’s Minister of Finance

On this day in 1963 on March 11, the Hon. Donald Sangster, Minister of Finance, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister when the late Prime Minister Sir. Alexander Bustamante became ill.

Born on October 26, 1911, Sangster was his own Minister of Finance for three years and officially became the Prime Minister on February 22, 1967, when the JLP (Jamaica Labor Party) won the election.

He was the son of the late W. B. Sangster, Commissioned Land Surveyor of St. Elizabeth, and Mrs. Sangster.

Read more: Jamaica’s 3rd Prime Minister, Sir Donald Sangster

Sangster attended Munro College from (1921-1929) and was admitted to practice as an attorney in Jamaica in 1937. He died on April 11, 1976, 48 days after being sworn in, at the age of 56 after suffering from Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Hugh Shearer was sworn in as his successor.

Sangster’s face appears on the Jamaica one hundred dollar note and in his honor the second largest airport located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, The Donald Sangster International Airport was named after him.

The Jamaican one hundred dollar bill features Donald Sangster
The Jamaican one hundred dollar bill bears Donald Sangster’s face.



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