Paul Adderley

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Paul Lawrence Adderley (15 August 1928 – 19 September 2012)[1] was a Bahamian politician and lawyer. He was the longest serving Attorney General of the 20th century, holding the post for 17 years.[2] He served as acting Governor-General of the Bahamas from 1 December 2005 until 1 February 2006.[3][4]

Adderley was originally a member of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) under Lynden Oscar Pindling. However, Adderley left the PLP in 1965 and established the National Development Party (NDP) political party.[3] He returned to the PLP shortly before the Bahamas achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1973.[3] On 1 March 1973, he was appointed Minister of External Affairs and on 10 July 1973 became the country's first – and ultimately longest serving[5] – Attorney General.[1]

Adderley retired from politics, remaining an active attorney as of 2010.[3] In September 2010, he appeared in the documentary film On the Wings of Men, about Lynden Oscar Pindling by Bahamian filmmaker Calvin Harris.[3]

Adderley died on 19 September 2012, aged 84,[6] and was given a state funeral on 28 September.[7]


At a ceremony on 27 June 2014,[8] the building housing the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the Ministry of Legal Affairs was named in honour of Paul L. Adderley.[5][9][10]


  1. ^ a b "The Late Honourable Paul L. Adderley", The Bahamas High Commission, London.
  2. ^ Perry Christie, "Tributes Paid To Paul Adderley", Tribune242, 20 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Behind the scenes on Bahamian documentary, "On the Wings of Men" with the Rt. Hon. Paul Adderley". Bahamas Weekly. 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Paul Adderley dies at 84". The Freeport News. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Macushla Pinder, "AG Office Officially Named Paul Adderley – Longest Serving AG Honoured", The Bahama Journal, 30 June 2014.
  6. ^ Celeste Nixon, "Union Leaders Pay Their Respects To Paul Adderley", 21 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Paul L. Adderley given hero’s send-off", Bahama Islands Info, 30 September 2012.
  8. ^ Betty vedrine, "Major Tribute Bestowed on Former Attorney General Paul L. Adderley", Bahamas Information Services, 30 June 2014.
  9. ^ Editorial, "Deserving honor for Paul Adderley", The Freeport News, 30 June 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  10. ^ Lindsay Thompson, "Naming and Opening of Paul L Adderley Building dubbed Red Letter Day", Bahamas Information Services, 27 June 2014.
Government offices
Preceded by
Ivy Dumont
Governor-General of the Bahamas
Succeeded by
Arthur Dion Hanna