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Between 1937 and 1955, Glasspole was general secretary of the Jamaica United Clerks' Association, of the Water Commission Manual Workers' Union, of the Municipal and Parochial General Workers' Union and of the National Workers' Union. He was president of the Jamaica Printers' and Allied Workers' Union, the Machado Employees' Union, and the General Hospital and Allied Workers' Union.
Glasspole was an early member of the People's National Party, he was elected to the House of Representatives in the first universal suffrage elections, in 1944, from the constituency of East Kingston and Port Royal, and held the seat through every election until he was elevated to the office of Governor General in 1973. He held that office until 1991, when he was replaced by Sir Howard Cooke.
Awards and decorations
- Commander of the Order of Distinction (1970)
- Commander of the Order of the Nation (1973)
- Order of Andres Bello (Venezuela)
- Order of the Liberator (Venezuela)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (1981)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (1983)
Sir Herbert Duffus
|Governor-General of Jamaica
1973 – 1991
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