Jack William Pithey

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The Honorable
Jack William Pithey
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Jack William Pithey
Acting President of Rhodesia
In office
1 November 1978 – 5 March 1979
Prime Minister Ian Smith
Preceded by Henry Everard
Succeeded by Henry Everard
President of the Senate
Personal details
Born 30 December 1903[1]
Potchefstroom, South Africa
Political party Rhodesian Front
Spouse(s) Mary Wood
Children 3

Jack William Pithey GOLM ICD CBE (born 30 December 1903, date of death not found) was a Rhodesian politician who served as the unrecognised state's Acting President between 1 November 1978 and 5 March 1979.[2] He was also the President of the Senate,[3] having previously been Member of Parliament for the Avondale constituency in north-west Salisbury (now Harare) between 1964 and 1970.[1]

Jack Pithey was born in Potchefstroom in the Transvaal on 30 December 1903; he moved to Rhodesia on 5 September 1923. He was Secretary for Justice and Internal Affairs between 1958 and 1961 during the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and later the Secretary for Justice in Rhodesia between 1962 and 1963. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1963 New Year Honours.[4]

He married Mary Wood on 1 September 1931; they had two sons and a daughter. Both his sons, Tony and David Pithey, represented Rhodesia in cricket and played Test cricket for South Africa.


  1. ^ a b Who's who of Southern Africa. Ken Donaldson (Pty.) Limited. 1979. p. 1124. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  2. ^ Report of the Commission Appointed to Divide Rhodesia into Twenty-three Constituencies, 1978, Hector Norman Macdonald Govt. printer, 1978, page 1
  3. ^ Votes and Proceedings of the Senate, Volume 14, Parliament of Rhodesia, 1977, page 2
  4. ^ "No. 42870". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1962. p. 23. 
  • Newitt, Louise (ed). Prominent Rhodesian Personalities (Cover Publicity Services, Salisbury, 1977).
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Everard
Acting President of Rhodesia
Succeeded by
Henry Everard