Arthur Dion Hanna

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Arthur Dion Hanna
Governor General of the Bahamas
In office
1 February 2006 – 14 April 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Perry Christie
Hubert Ingraham
Preceded by Paul Adderley (Acting)
Succeeded by Sir Arthur Foulkes
Personal details
Born (1928-03-07) 7 March 1928 (age 89)
Acklins Island, Bahamas[1]
Political party Progressive Liberal Party

Arthur Dion "A.D." Hanna (born 7 March 1928[2]) is a Bahamian politician who served as Governor-General of the Bahamas from 2006 to 2011.

Life and career[edit]

Arthur Hanna was born in the The Bahamas in 1928. His family moved to Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas where his father was a lighthouse keeper for the infamous red and white candy-striped lighthouse. Despite the population of Hope Town being predominantly white, as the island was settled by British Loyalists banished from the American colonies after the American Revolution, Hanna attended school and received his education in a one-room schoolhouse like everyone else during this time period. Black, white, or mixed race like Arthur Hanna, no one was refused an education. It cannot be denied that being of mixed race caused his early life to be challenging, as this era was unfortunately fraught with color barriers. From there, he moved to Nassau and became involved in politics.

Hanna has been active in Bahamian politics since the 1950s. As a member of the Progressive Liberal Party, Hanna represented the Ann's Town, Nassau constituency as a MP in the Bahamas' House of Assembly from 1960 to 1992.

During this time, Hanna assumed a number of important cabinet posts, including Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas from 1967 to 1984.

In 1984, Hanna resigned his post as Deputy Prime Minister in protest at the retention by Prime Minister Lynden Pindling of cabinet colleagues who were heavily criticised by a Royal Commission of Enquiry of that same year. The Commission was established to investigate claims of high-level corruption allegedly linked to the flourishing drugs trade of the 1980s.

His resignation came within a week of the firing from the Cabinet of Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie, who also were said to have taken a strong stand against the presence in the cabinet of ministers tarnished by the commission and who both later served successive terms as Prime Minister.

On 1 February 2006, Hanna was appointed Governor General of the Bahamas by Elizabeth II, Queen of the Bahamas, on the advice of Prime Minister Perry Christie.[3]

He retired on 14 April 2011 and was succeeded by Sir Arthur Foulkes.

In 2014, the first Legend-class patrol boat of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was commissioned as HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna.


Government offices
Preceded by
Paul Adderley
Governor General of the Bahamas
Succeeded by
Arthur Foulkes