Kennedy Simmonds

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Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds, KCMG (born 12 April 1936), is a Saint Kitts and Nevis politician.

Life and career[edit]

Simmonds was a founding member of the People's Action Movement (PAM) party. He was the Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis from 21 February 1980,[1] until the twin-island state gained independence from the United Kingdom on 19 September 1983. Upon independence, he became the first Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis and as such has been hailed as "The Father of the Nation."

In 2004, Simmonds was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.[2] In 2015, Simmonds became the fifth person to be named as a National Hero by the National Assembly.[3] He is the first living person to receive this honour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cameron, Sarah (2004). Caribbean Islands (15th ed.). Bath, England: Footprint. p. 548. ISBN 978-1-903471-71-5. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  2. ^ London Gazette
  3. ^ Simmonds Named 5th National Hero
Political offices
Preceded by
Lee Moore
Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis
1980–1983
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Office created
Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis
1983–1995
Succeeded by
Denzil Douglas