James Cameron Tudor

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James Cameron Tudor
Born(1919-10-18)18 October 1919
St. Michael, Barbados
Died9 June 1995(1995-06-09) (aged 75)
Bridgetown, Barbados

Sir James Cameron Tudor (18 October 1919 – 9 July 1995[1]) was a Barbadian politician and diplomat, who was a founding member of the country's Democratic Labour Party in 1955. He served on the first Provisional General Council and as the first General Secretary.[2] He served as deputy prime minister, education minister, high commissioner to Britain, and United Nations ambassador, and was elected to both houses of the national legislature.[3] He also worked as a broadcaster, lecturer and journalist.[citation needed]

Tudor was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1970 New Year Honours,[4] and was promoted to a Knight Commander of the Order in the 1987 list.[5]


Born in St. Michael, Barbados in 1919, Tudor was educated at Harrison College, Barbados, and at Keble College, Oxford,[citation needed] where in 1942 he became the first Black person elected president of the Oxford Union.[6] After receiving a master's degree in history and politics in 1944,[3] he returned to Barbados and taught at Combermere School (1946–48) and in British Guiana at Queens School (1948–51).[citation needed]

He was elected to the Barbados House of Assembly in 1951. He was a founding member in 1955 of the Democratic Labour Party,[6] which assumed power in 1961 and led the former British colony to independence in 1966.[3]

He served as Deputy Prime Minister,[7] twice served as Foreign Minister of Barbados[8] (1971–72, 1986–1989),[1] Education Minister[9] (1961–67),[1] as Barbados' High Commissioner to the United Kingdom[10] (1972–75), and High Commissioner to Canada (1990–1992),[1] and was the Permanent Representative to the United Nations[10] (1976–1979).[1]

He died in hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados, aged 75, following a heart attack.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Index Tj-Tz". rulers.org. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  2. ^ "The Party". Democratic Labour Party. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sir James C. Tudor", Washington Post, 12 July 1995.
  4. ^ "No. 45005". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1969. p. 51.
  5. ^ "No. 50767". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1986. p. 39.
  6. ^ a b Pamela Roberts, Black Oxford: The Untold Stories of Oxford University's Black Scholars, Oxford: Signal Books, 2013.
  7. ^ Foreign Service Journal. American Foreign Service Association. 1972.
  8. ^ "Foreign ministers A–D". rulers.org. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  9. ^ Almanac of Current World Leaders, Vols 10-11. International Academy at Santa Barbara. 1967. p. 13.
  10. ^ a b "Obituary: Sir James Cameron Tudor". Toledo Blade. 11 July 1995.