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Bustamante, William Alexander Clarke, Sir

Born: 1884 AD
Died: 1977 AD, at 93 years of age.

Nationality: Jamaican
Categories: Politician


1884 - Born on February 24th. Jamaican politician and labor leader.

1905 - Bustamante left Jamaica and lived in countries such as Cuba, Panama and the U.S.A.

1934 - Bustamante did not hesitate to expose these extremely bad social and economic conditions in the numerous letters he wrote to "The Daily Gleaner" and occasionally to British newspapers.

         - At fifty years of age, he had reached a point in life where he felt he had developed to lead his country forward to a better way of living.

1935 - He was involved in every activity which highlighted the terrible plight of the majority of the population.

1937 - He became treasurer of the Jamaica Workers and Tradesmen Union.

1938 - He was attacked by the "Jamaica Standard" newspaper, Bustmante told a crowd of 2,000 at North Parade, I want the 'Standard' to know that I represent the lower and middle-class people in Jamaica; they have confidence in me".

         - Denounced Denham at a meeting attended by over 700 persons at the Parade on May 4th.

1940 - He was placed in detention at Up Park Camp on September 8th for alleged violation of Defense of the Realm Act.

1942 - He was released from detention on February 8th.

1946 - He founded the Jamaican Labor Party.

1944 - Bustamante who won the Western Kingston Constituency by a large majority, was appointed Minister of Communication and Works.

1953 - Became the first chief minister of Jamaica.

1955 - The Queen conferred on Bustamante the title Knight Bachelor.

1962 - When Jamaica became independent on August 6th, he was named the new nation's first Prime Minister.

1967 - He officially retired from being the Prime Minister and was appointed as a National Hero.

1977 - Died on August 6th.


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