Sir Arthur Foulkes
|Governor-General of the Bahamas|
14 April 2010 – 7 July 2014
|Prime Minister||Hubert Ingraham
|Preceded by||Arthur Dion Hanna|
|Succeeded by||Marguerite Pindling|
11 May 1928 |
Matthew Town, Bahamas
|Political party||Progressive Liberal Party (Before 1971)
Free National Movement (1971–present)
|Spouse(s)||Joan Eleanor Foulkes|
Foulkes was elected to the House of Assembly in 1967 and served in the government of Lynden Pindling as Minister of Communications and Minister of Tourism. In 1971, he was a founder of the Free National Movement, and he was appointed to the Senate in 1972 and 1977 before returning to the House of Assembly in 1982. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG) in 2001. He was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG) in 2010.
|Viceregal styles of
Sir Arthur Foulkes
|Reference style||His Excellency|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
He started his working life as a newspaper linotype operator, first at the daily newspaper Nassau Guardian, then at the competing Tribune newspaper. He became a reporter for Tribune's editor Sir Étienne Dupuch, rising to become News Editor of Tribune.
From 1962 to 1967, Sir Arthur was founding editor of Bahamian Times, the official paper of the Progressive Liberal Party, backing the campaign for majority rule, and later a columnist for Nassau Guardian and Tribune.
In 1967, he was elected to Parliament and the following year appointed to serve in the Cabinet as Minister of Communications, then as Minister of Tourism. He was one of the founders of the Free National Movement in 1971. He was appointed to the Senate in 1972 and 1977, and re-elected to the House of Assembly in 1982.
In 1972, Foulkes was one of the four Opposition delegates to the Bahamas Independence Constitution Conference in London in 1972.
In 1992, Foulkes became the Bahamas' High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, serving also as ambassador to France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the European Union, before becoming the first Bahamian ambassador to China and Cuba in 1999.
Family and personal life
Sir Arthur is married to the former Joan Eleanor Bullard of Nassau.
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Arthur Dion Hanna
|Governor General of the Bahamas