Anthony Mamo

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His Excellency
Anthony Mamo
Sir Anthony Mamo.jpg
1st President of Malta
In office
13 December 1974 – 27 December 1976
Prime Minister Dom Mintoff
Preceded by Elizabeth II
as Queen of Malta
Succeeded by Anton Buttigieg
2nd Governor General of Malta
In office
4 July 1971 – 13 December 1974
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Dom Mintoff
Preceded by Maurice Dorman
Personal details
Born 9 January 1909
Birkirkara, Malta
Died 1 May 2008(2008-05-01) (aged 99)
Mosta, Malta
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Margaret Agius
(1939-her death 2002)
Children 3
Religion Roman Catholicism

Sir Anthony Joseph Mamo, KUOM, OBE, QC (9 January 1909 – 1 May 2008) was the first President of Malta and previously served as the last Governor-General, representing Elizabeth II as Queen of Malta, when the country was a Commonwealth realm. He was also the first Maltese citizen to be appointed Governor-General, and before independence, briefly served as acting Governor.

Early life[edit]

The house were Anthony Mamo was born. A plaque commemorates this on the façade

Mamo was born in the town of Birkirkara, the son of Joseph Mamo and Carla Brincaat. He was educated at the University of Malta where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1931 and his law degree in 1934. He was in private practice for a year before joining the civil service. He served as Crown Counsel from 1942 and later became attorney general.[1]

Political career[edit]

Memorial monument found at the back of St Helen's Basilica, Birkirkara

Mamo was never involved directly in politics. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Malta in 1957 where he served until 1971 when he was appointed as the first Maltese Governor-General. He served in that position until 13 December 1974, when Malta was proclaimed a republic. He served as president from that date until he was succeeded by Anton Buttigieg on 27 December 1976.[1]


National Honours[edit]

Commonwealth Honours[edit]


Sir Anthony Mamo was married to Lady Margaret (nee' Agius) and had three children; Josephine (married to Victor E. Tortell), Monica (married to George Pisani) and John (married to Tessa nee' Scicluna).


Mamo died on 1 May 2008 at the age of 99, at Casa Arkati Home for Elderly.[1] From 8 June 2007, when former Somali President Aden Abdullah Osman Daar died until his own death, Mamo was the world's oldest living former head of state.[citation needed]


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Maurice Dorman
Governor-General of Malta
Succeeded by
himself (as President of Malta)
Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth II (as Queen of Malta)
President of Malta
Succeeded by
Anton Buttigieg