Howard Reynold Penn

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H.R. Penn.

Howard Reynold Penn OBE (1903–1994), more commonly known simply as H.R. Penn, was a politician who served during the years immediately after the reintroduction of democracy in the British Virgin Islands in 1950. He was elected as a member of First Legislative Council[1] and continued to serve until his defeat in the 1963 general election.

Prior to the introduction of Ministerial government in 1967, various executive type posts were delegated to members of the Legislative Council in a ministerial-like fashion. From 1957 to H.R. Penn was appointed Member for Trade and Production, and he was reappointed to that post from 1960-1963.[2]

H.R. Penn later served as the Speaker of the House from 1971-1975 under Willard Wheatley's administration.[3]

Record keeping during the early years of politics in the British Virgin Islands was poor; electoral records are incomplete, and there were no newspapers published in the Territory at the time (the first newspaper in the British Virgin Islands, The Island Sun, was first published in 1962). Much of the information on politics from the early days come from H.R. Penn's memoirs.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

H.R. Penn electoral history[5]
Year District Party Votes Percentage Winning/losing margin Result
1950 At-large Non-party election -- -- -- Won
1954 2nd District Non-party election -- -- -- Won
1957 2nd District Non-party election -- -- -- Won
1960 2nd District Non-party election -- -- -- Won
1963 2nd District Non-party election 173 13.8% -66 Lost*
* Two candidates were elected in the 2nd District. H.R. Penn obtained 66 votes fewer than the second placed candidate (Arnando Scatliffe)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "BVI election and information results 1950–2011" (PDF). BVI Deputy Governor's Office. p. 64. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-07. 
  2. ^ "BVI election and information results 1950–2011" (PDF). BVI Deputy Governor's Office. p. 47. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-07. 
  3. ^ "BVI election and information results 1950–2011" (PDF). BVI Deputy Governor's Office. p. 47. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Memoirs of H.R. Penn". Amazon.com. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "BVI election and information results 1950–2011" (PDF). BVI Deputy Governor's Office. pp. 47, 64, 65, 69, 70. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-07. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry O. Creque, MBE
Speaker of the House of Assembly
1971 - 1975
Succeeded by
Ivan Dawson