Howard Cooke

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Sir Howard Cooke
Governor-General of Jamaica
In office
Preceded by Edward Zacca (acting)
Succeeded by Kenneth Hall
Personal details
Born Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke
(1915-11-13) 13 November 1915 (age 98)
Goodwill, St. James, Jamaica
Spouse(s) Ivy Sylvia Lucille Tai
Alma mater University of London
Occupation former educator

Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke, ON, GCMG, GCVO, CD, K.St.J (born 13 November 1915) was the Governor-General of Jamaica from 1 August 1991[1] until 15 February 2006 when he became the first governor-general to invest his own successor, Professor Kenneth Octavius Hall. He was styled His Excellency while in office as governor-general.

In his early life he was a teacher, becoming president of the Jamaica Union of Teachers. He also worked in the insurance industry. He became a member of the parliament of the West Indies Federation in 1958, and then the independent Jamaican parliament as a Senator and a Member of the House of Representatives after 1962. He was a minister in the government of Michael Manley during the 1970s and President of the Senate from 1989 to 1991.


  1. ^ "The Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke". Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
Preceded by
Edward Zacca
Governor-General of Jamaica
1991 – 2006
Succeeded by
Kenneth Hall