Simeon Daniel

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Simeon Daniel
Dr. the Hon Simeon Daniel, first Premier of Nevis.jpg
1st Premier of Nevis
In office
19 September 1983 – 2 June 1992
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Vance Amory
Personal details
Born (1934-08-22)22 August 1934
Barnes Ghaut, Saint Thomas Lowland Parish, Nevis
Died 27 May 2012(2012-05-27) (aged 77)
Political party Nevis Reformation Party
Spouse(s) Sheila Daniel
Alma mater Inner Temple of the Inns of Court in London

Simeon Daniel (22 August 1934 – 27 May 2012) was the first Premier of Nevis.

Daniel was born at Barnes Ghaut Village in Saint Thomas Lowland Parish, Nevis, West Indies to Joseph Daniel and Melvina Daniel, née Archer. He received his early education at St. Thomas’ Government Elementary School in Nevis. He entered the teaching profession as a Pupil Teacher in 1950 and attained the Leeward Island Teachers’ Certificate in 1957.

In 1962, Daniel began his legal tutorial at the Council of Legal Education in England. While still a student (1960-1966) he worked as a clerk at the London County Council and later as an Executive Officer, and in 1965 received a recognition grant for outstanding meritorious work from the said Institution. He continued his education at the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court in London. In 1966 he became Barrister at Law and was called to the Bar in England.

He returned to Nevis in 1966 and served as Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and was admitted to the Local Bar that same year. The following year he was appointed Crown Counsel and later Registrar of the Supreme Court and Additional Magistrate in the State. He entered Private practice in 1969 in St. Kitts.

Daniel was among the founding members of a political party called the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) in 1970.

He served as Chairman of the Local Council from 1972 to 1980 and was elected to the National Assembly in May 1975 and February 1980. Following the formation of the coalition government of the People’s Action Movement of St. Kitts and the Nevis Reformation Party, Daniel assumed the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Nevis Affairs on 19 February 1980. He gained Home Rule for Nevis under the Independence Constitution in September 1983.

Daniel was the first Premier of Nevis from 19 September 1983 (Independence Day) to 2 June 1992. His successor was Vance Amory after his party Concerned Citizens' Movement (CCM) won the election in 1992.[1]

He established the Bank of Nevis Ltd. in 1985.[2]

Daniel, Brantley & Associates is a full service law firm that represents numerous businesses and individuals in St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla and throughout the region and internationally. The firm was founded by Daniel and was joined by Mark Brantley in 1996.

Daniel died on 27 May 2012 and was buried with full military honours.

Awards[edit]

On 16 December 2013, acting on the advice of Denzil Douglas, St. Kitts and Nevis Governor-General Sir Edmund Lawrence announced that Daniel is being commended as National Hero.[3]

  • Doctor of Laws (Honorary), Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna International University Foundation, 1987;
  • Albert Einstein Bronze Medal for Peace, Albert Einstein Bronze International Academy Foundation, 1987;
  • Award of Commendation as Founder and Supporter of Bank Of Nevis Ltd.

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of St.kitts/nevis buckleysboyzlivi.webs.com
  2. ^ Biography danielbrantley.com
  3. ^ National Hero
Political offices
New office Premier of Nevis
1983–1992
Succeeded by
Vance Amory