Gordon James Lethem

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Sir Gordon James Lethem, KCMG (16 September 1886 – 14 August 1962)[1] was a British Civil Servant and Liberal Party politician. He was born in Leith, Scotland.[2]

He was Governor of British Guiana from 7 November 1941 to 1946. He was acting Governor from 1946 to 12 April 1947. He also served in Nigeria, the Seychelles, and the Leeward Islands. Lethem's papers are held in Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.[1]

The city of Lethem, Guyana is named after him.

After retiring from the civil service he became involved in politics. He was a member of the Liberal Party. In 1950 he was Vice-President of the Scottish Liberal Party.[3] He stood as a Liberal candidate at the United Kingdom general election of 1950 in the constituency of Banffshire. He finished third and did not stand for parliament again.[4]


  1. ^ a b http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/wmss/online/blcas/lethem-gordon.html
  2. ^ "Sir Gordon James Lethem, KCMG, (1934-1935)". Seychelles National Archive. November 24, 2017.
  3. ^ 'LETHEM, Sir Gordon James’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 17 Sept 2014
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir de Symons Montagu George Honey
Governor of the Seychelles
Succeeded by
Arthur Francis Grimble
Preceded by
Sir Thomas St. Johnston
Governor of the Leeward Islands
Succeeded by
Sir Douglas James Jardine
Preceded by
Sir Wilfrid Edward Francis Jackson
Governor of British Guiana
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Campbell Woolley