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Cato, Robert Milton

Born: 1915 AD
Died: 1997 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: St. Vincentian
Categories: Politician


1915 - Born on June 3rd on Saint Vincent island. St. Vincentian politician.

1928-1933 - Cato won a Government scholarship and attended the St. Vincent Boys’ Grammar School.

1940 - He joined the First Canadian Army. He attained the rank of Sergeant and saw active service in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

1948 - He was called to the Bar, Middle Temple Inn.

1952 - He was Chairman of the Kingstown Town Board.

1967 - Milton Cato became Chief Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

         - Elected to the office of Chief Minister on May 19th, as head of the St. Vincent Labour Party, Mr. Cato did much to improve the economic standing of the island.

1969 - He was St. Vincent’s first Premier on the island’s entry attainment of Statehood.

1978 - Mr. Cato invited the general public to submit proposals for incorporation in an Independence constitution and in September of that year, he led a delegation to London for a Constitutional Conference as preparatory to taking St. Vincent into full independence.

1979-1980 - The Saint Vincent Labour Party won the elections of December, and Milton Cato became the first prime minister.

1997 - Died on February 10th.

2000 - The Kingstown General Hospital was re-named in his honour in October.


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