Solomon Hochoy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
His Excellency
Sir Solomon Hochoy
Sir Solomon Hochoy.jpg
Governor General of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
31 August 1962 – 15 September 1972
Prime Minister Eric Williams
Succeeded by Ellis Clarke
Personal details
Born (1905-04-20)20 April 1905
Jamaica
Died 15 November 1983(1983-11-15) (aged 78)
Blanchisseuse
Nationality Trinidad and Tobago
Spouse(s) Thelma Huggins

Sir Solomon Hochoy TC, GCMG, GCVO, OBE (20 April 1905, Jamaica – 15 November 1983, Blanchisseuse, Trinidad and Tobago) was the last British Governor of Trinidad and Tobago and the first Governor-General upon independence in 1962. He was the first non-white Governor of a British crown colony and the first West Indian and ethnic Chinese to become Governor-General in the Commonwealth.

Life and career[edit]

Of Hakka Chinese background, his family emigrated to Trinidad when he was two years old and he grew up in Blanchisseuse. After rising through the civil service, Hochoy was appointed the first non-white Governor in the entire British Empire in 1960 (the first West Indian to be Governor).

When Trinidad and Tobago became independent in 1962 Hochoy was appointed Governor General. He retired from that position in 1972 and was succeeded by Ellis Clarke. After retirement he returned to Blanchisseuse where he spent the remainder of his life.

Family[edit]

He was married to the former Thelma Huggins, a social activist.

Legacy[edit]

The Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway and the Solomon Hochoy Trophy (for football) are named in his honour.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Edward Betham Beetham
Governor of Trinidad and Tobago
1960–1962
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Governor-General of Trinidad and Tobago
1962–1972
Succeeded by
Ellis Clarke

References[edit]