Clifford Campbell

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Clifford Campbell

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2nd Governor-General of Jamaica
In office
1 December 1962 – 2 March 1973
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterAlexander Bustamante
Donald Sangster
Hugh Shearer
Preceded byKenneth Blackburne
Succeeded byFlorizel Glasspole
Personal details
Born(1892-06-28)28 June 1892
Died28 September 1991(1991-09-28) (aged 99)

Sir Clifford Clarence Campbell ON, GCMG, GCVO, KStJ (28 June 1892 – 28 September 1991) was a Jamaican educator and politician who served as Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. In 1962, after Jamaica achieved independence, he was appointed as the first Jamaica-born Governor-General of Jamaica, serving in that position for more than a decade.

Early life and family[edit]

Clifford Campbell was born in Petersfield, Jamaica on 28 June 1892,[1] the son of civil servant James Campbell and his wife Blance (née Ruddock). He was educated at Petersfield Elementary School and Mico Teachers' College. He became a schoolteacher and later was promoted to principal of three schools and headmaster in the parish. On 1 August 1920, Campbell married Alice Estephene. They had four children.[2]

Political career and death[edit]

Campbell served as principal of the Grange Hill Government School from 1928 to 1944. In 1944, Campbell entered electoral politics as a member of the recently-founded Jamaica Labour Party. He ran a successful campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives and chaired the House Committee on Education from 1945 to 1949. From 1945 to 1954, he was the Vice-President of the Elected Members' Association. In 1950, Campbell was elected as Speaker of the House. In 1962, he was elected as president of the Senate, serving from 31 August 1962 to 30 November 1962 after the nation became independent.[2] A few months after independence, on 1 December 1962, Campbell was sworn in as Governor-General, succeeding Sir Kenneth Blackburne. Campbell became the first Jamaican-born Governor-General and served until 2 March 1973. He died on 28 September 1991 at the age of 99.[3][4][5]

Other ventures and recognition[edit]

Campbell was enthusiastic about the arts as well as community service. He sat on a number of boards, including the Board of Visitors to Sav-la-Mar Public Hospital, the Advisory Committee of the Knockalva Practical Training Centre, the Westmoreland School Board, the Westmoreland Rice Growers' Association, and the Manchester Committee of the Western Federation of Teachers. Additionally, Campbell was also a member of clubs and societies as the Jamaica National Choral and Orchestral Society, the Jamaica Youth Clubs Council, and the Jamaica Flying Club, of which he was President. He also contributed to other organisations such as the Jamaica Agricultural Society, the Jamaica Cancer Society, and the Jamaica Football Federation.[2] Campbell was awarded the Order of the Nation (ON) and the Order of Saint John. He was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, first as Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George and later as Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.[2]


  1. ^ International Publications Service (December 1983). International Who's Who, 1983-84. Europa Publications Limited. ISBN 978-0-905118-86-4.
  2. ^ a b c d "Clifford Clarence Campbell, ON, GCMG, GCVO". Jamaica Information Service. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Index Ca-Ce".
  4. ^ "Jamaica".
  5. ^ Jamaican History 9, 1984-1993, Geography and History of Jamaica (published by The Gleaner).
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Kenneth Blackburne
Governor-General of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Duffus (acting)