Donald Sangster

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Sir Donald Sangster

Sir Donald Burns Sangster.jpg
2nd Prime Minister of Jamaica
In office
23 February 1967 – 11 April 1967
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralClifford Campbell
Preceded byAlexander Bustamante
Succeeded byHugh Shearer
Personal details
Donald Burns Sangster

(1911-10-26)26 October 1911
Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Died11 April 1967(1967-04-11) (aged 55)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyJamaica Labour Party

Sir Donald Burns Sangster (26 October 1911 – 11 April 1967) was a Jamaican solicitor and politician, and the second Prime Minister of Jamaica.[1]


Sangster attended the prestigious Munro College in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.[2] He entered politics at the age of 21 in 1933, with his election to the council of the Parish of St Elizabeth, Jamaica. In 1944 he was elected to the House of Representatives of Jamaica as a member of the Jamaica Labour Party, going on to become Minister of Social Welfare and Labour and, later, Minister of Finance. He became Acting Prime Minister in February 1964 when Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante became ill. He succeeded Bustamante as Prime Minister on 23 February 1967, only to die in office on 11 April, after suffering a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

His face appears on the Jamaican one hundred dollar banknote. Sangster International Airport is named after him.


He was taken ill on 18 March 1967, and was flown by the U.S. government to the Montreal Neurological Institute for specialist treatment.[3] He went into a coma a few weeks later on 1 April, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during that period; he died 10 days later.[4]


  1. ^ Andrew Holness and Donald Sangster article by Michael Burke - Jamaica Observer - 27 October 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2013
  2. ^ Biography of Donald Sangster - Jamaican Government site Archived 7 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 22 April 2013
  3. ^ Caribbean Monthly Bulletin. Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico. 1966.
  4. ^ Harris M. Lentz (4 February 2014). Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. Routledge. pp. 451–. ISBN 978-1-134-26490-2.


Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Bustamante
Prime Minister of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Hugh Shearer