Charles Coghlan (politician)
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Sir Charles Coghlan
|1st Premier of Southern Rhodesia|
1 October 1923 – 28 August 1927
|Preceded by||Francis Chaplin|
|Succeeded by||Howard Unwin Moffat|
24 June 1863|
King William's Town, South Africa
|Died||28 August 1927
|Resting place||Matopos Hills|
|Political party||Rhodesian Party|
Sir Charles Patrick John Coghlan (24 June 1863 – 28 August 1927) was the first Premier of Southern Rhodesia and held office from 1 October 1923 until his death on 28 August 1927.
Coghlan was born in King William's Town in South Africa and came to Rhodesia in 1900 to practice in Bulawayo as a lawyer. He was elected to the Legislative Council in the 1908 election first for the Western Electoral District and sat as Member for Bulawayo for 19 years.
Coghlan supported the renewal of the British South Africa Company's Charter in 1914, and opposed amalgamation with either Northern Rhodesia or South Africa. In 1921, he led a delegation to London to discuss responsible government, and in 1923, Southern Rhodesia was awarded the status of self-governing Colony within the British Empire.
- Bridger, P., House, M., and others, 1973. Encyclopaedia Rhodesia, College Press, Salisbury, Rhodesia.
- William Daniel Gale, 1974 History of Coghlan, Welsh & Guest
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