Charles Arden-Clarke

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Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke
GCMG
The National Archives UK - CO 1069-46-53.jpg
The Governor (second from left) watches boys operating lathes at the Trade Training Centre in Tamale
First Governor-General of Ghana
In office
6 March 1957 – 24 June 1957
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah
(6 March 1957 – 1 July 1960)
Preceded by Newly created position
Succeeded by Lord Listowel
Last Governor of the Gold Coast
In office
11 August 1949 – 6 March 1957
Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah
(21 March 1952 – 6 March 1957)
Preceded by Sir Robert Scott
Succeeded by Position abolished
Resident Commissioner of Bechuanaland
In office
1937–1942
Preceded by Charles Fernand Rey
Succeeded by Aubrey Denzil Forsyth-Thompson
First Governor of Sarawak
In office
26 October 1946 – 26 July 1949
Monarch George VI
Preceded by Newly created position
Succeeded by Sir Duncan George Stewart
Personal details
Born (1898-07-25)25 July 1898[1]
Bournemouth, England
Died 16 December 1962(1962-12-16) (aged 64)[2]
Syleham, England

Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke GCMG (25 July 1898 – 16 December 1962) was a British colonial administrator.

Arden-Clarke was educated at Rossall School.[3] He was the Resident Commissioner of the Bechuanaland Protectorate (later Botswana) between 1937 and 1942, a time at which the ruling regent Tshekedi Khama was in violent conflict with the British authorities.[4] He was the Resident Commissioner of Basutoland from August 1942 to November 1946, and in 1946 was appointed as the first Governor of the newly created British Crown Colony of Sarawak, which was ceded in 1946 by the Kingdom of Sarawak. During his governorship in Sarawak he was despised by locals as, upon his appointment, Sarawak was engulfed with the Anti-cession Movement, which led to the assassination of his successor, Sir Duncan George Stewart in 1949 by the radical members of the Anti-cession movement.

After Sarawak, he was the last governor of the Gold Coast from August 1949[5] until 1957 (later Ghana). On 12 February 1951 he authorized Kwame Nkrumah's release from imprisonment in James Fort. After independence, he was named the first Governor-General of Ghana in 1957. Arden-Clarke's acceptance of the Africans and his attitude towards Kwame Nkrumah allegedly led to the relative success of Ghana's independence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ ‘ARDEN-CLARKE, Sir Charles Noble’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016
  4. ^ Birmingham, David. Kwame Nkrumah: The Father of African Nationalism (Revised Edition). Ohio University Press. 1998. p.38-39.
  5. ^ Birmingham, David. Kwame Nkrumah: The Father of African Nationalism (Revised Edition). Ohio University Press. 1998. p.38-39.
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Fernand Rey
Resident Commissioner of Bechuanaland
1937 – 19421
Succeeded by
Aubrey Denzil Forsyth-Thompson
New creation Governor of Sarawak
1946 - 19492
Succeeded by
Sir Duncan George Stewart
Preceded by
Sir Robert Scott
Governor of the Gold Coast
1949–19573
Post abolished
New creation Governor-General of Ghana
19573
Succeeded by
The Earl of Listowel
Notes and references
1. http://www.rulers.org/rulb1.html#botswana
2. http://www.rulers.org/rulg1.html#ghana