George Cadle Price

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The Right Honourable
George Cadle Price
The Rt. Hon. George Price
1st Prime Minister of Belize
In office
September 7, 1989 – July 3, 1993
Deputy Florencio Marin, Sr.
Preceded by Manuel Esquivel
Succeeded by Manuel Esquivel
In office
September 21, 1981 – December 17, 1984
Deputy Florencio Marin, Sr.
Preceded by office created
Succeeded by Manuel Esquivel
Premier of Belize
In office
June 1, 1973 – September 12, 1981
Preceded by office created
Succeeded by office abolished
Premier of British Honduras
In office
January 1, 1964 – June 1, 1973
Preceded by office created
Succeeded by office abolished
First Minister of British Honduras
In office
April 7, 1961 – January 1, 1964
Preceded by office created
Succeeded by office abolished
Personal details
Born (1919-01-15)January 15, 1919
Belize City, Belize
Died September 19, 2011(2011-09-19) (aged 92)
Belize City, Belize
Nationality Belizean
Political party People's United Party

The Right Honourable George Cadle Price, P.C. (January 15, 1919 – September 19, 2011), was the first Prime Minister of Belize and is considered to have been one of the principal architects of the country's independence. Today he is referred to by many as "the Father of the Nation".

Born in Belize City, in what was then British Honduras, to William and Irene (née Escalante) Price, he entered politics in 1947 with his election to the Belize City Council. In 1949, with the devaluation of the British Honduran Dollar he, together with a group of citizens formed the People's Committee. It was the start of the "Peaceful, constructive Belizean revolution". On September 29, 1950, he co-founded the People's United Party, which he led for four decades and which was devoted to the political and economic independence of the British colony, then known as British Honduras.[1]

Education and early political activities[edit]

George Price completed his education at St. John's College High School While there he was exposed to the teachings of Catholic social justice, in particular the encyclical Rerum Novarum. Upon graduation, young George felt the call for priesthood and he went to study abroad, first attending the Saint Augustine's Minor Seminary in Mississippi, USA and later the Mayor Seminario Conciliar in Guatemala City. The raging war in Europe prevented him from completing his studies in Rome and instead, George Price returned to Belize. He was hired by local businessman Robert Sidney Turton as his private secretary. He also rallied a few SJC graduates, some of them later members of the PUP, to contest elections in 1944 and 1947 for the local Town Board, being successful in 1947. Price also contributed to the Belize Billboard, then run by Phillip Goldson.[citation needed]

Later political career[edit]

Price, upon the formation of the People's Committee (PC) in 1950, was named its Assistant Secretary, and in a famous speech later that year claimed that "National Unity" propelled the PC's actions. Amie. With the formation of the PUP, Price's stature rose and he ascended through the party ranks until he became Party Leader following a leadership dispute in 1956.[citation needed]

Elected to the colony's Legislative Council in 1954, he also served as mayor of Belize City from 1956 to 1962. In 1956, Price became also Party Leader of the PUP. As First Minister, a post he held since 1961, he led the team which began negotiations over independence with Great Britain. He maintained that post as Premier in 1964. In 1981 Belize gained its independence, and Price served as the country's first prime minister and foreign minister until 1984. The PUP was defeated in the elections by the United Democratic Party under Manuel Esquivel, but he resumed the post of Prime Minister after the 1989 election, serving until 1993, when he was again replaced by Esquivel.[citation needed]. In October 1996 he announced his resignation as party leader, and on November 10, 1996 was formally succeeded by Said Musa.

Honours[edit]

Price and a Peace Corps volunteer, 1976

In September 2000, Price became the first person to receive Belize's highest honour, the Order of National Hero, for the prominent role he played in leading his country to independence. He has received similar honours in other Caribbean and Central American countries. In 1982, he was made a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.[1]

Death[edit]

Price died on September 19, 2011, at the age of 92. Almost 30 years earlier he united the people of Belize in the struggle for Independence. Now, for a last time George Price united all people of Belize, this time in mourning the death of their "Father of the Nation". On September 26, 2011, a State Funeral was held and George Price was laid to rest at the Lord's Ridge Cemetery in Belize City.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Belizean Biographies". website. The Belize National Library Service and Information System. Retrieved 2010-12-28. [dead link]
Political offices
Preceded by
office created
Prime Minister of Belize
1981–1984
Succeeded by
Manuel Esquivel
Preceded by
Manuel Esquivel
Prime Minister of Belize
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Manuel Esquivel
Preceded by
Leigh Richardson (acting)
Party Leader, People's United Party
1956–1996
Succeeded by
Said Musa