George Chambers

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The Honourable
George Michael Chambers
ORTT
2nd Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
1981–1986
President Ellis Clarke
Preceded by Eric Williams
Succeeded by A. N. R. Robinson
Political Leader of the People's National Movement
In office
1981–1987
Preceded by Eric Williams
Succeeded by Patrick Manning
Personal details
Born (1928-10-04)4 October 1928
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died 4 November 1997(1997-11-04) (aged 69)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Political party People's National Movement (PNM)

George Michael Chambers ORTT (4 October 1928 – 4 November 1997)[1] was the second Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Born in Port of Spain, Chambers joined the People's National Movement (PNM) in 1956, and was elected to Parliament representing the St. Ann's East seat. He served as Assistant General Secretary of the PNM before becoming Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance in 1966. From there he went on to serve as Minister of Finance, Public Utilities, Housing, National Security, Education, Planning, Industry/Commerce and Agriculture.

Chambers was one of three Deputy Leaders of the PNM when then-Prime Minister Eric Williams died suddenly in 1981. He was appointed Prime Minister by then-President Ellis Clarke and led the PNM to victory in the 1981 General Elections. In 1986 he led the PNM to its worst ever electoral defeat (winning only three of the 36 seats in Parliament). Following the defeat Chambers resigned and was succeeded as PNM leader by Patrick Manning.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony Payne, "Obituary: George Chambers", The Independent, 15 November 1997.
  • Biography from the National Library and Information Service of Trinidad and Tobago (Nalis).
Preceded by
Eric Williams
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
1981–1986
Succeeded by
A. N. R. Robinson