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CURRICULUM VITAE/BIOGRAPHY

IN BRIEF

JOHN GEORGE MELVIN COMPTON

 

BORN: 29th April, 1925 in Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
   
DIED: 7th September, 2007 at 6:50 PM, at the Tapion Hospital, Saint Lucia
   
EDUCATION:
bulletGovernment School, Canouan
bulletCastries Intermediate School, St. Lucia
bulletSt. Mary's College, St. Lucia
bulletUniversity of Wales, Aberystwyth
bulletGray's Inn, London
bulletLondon School of Economics
   
1951 Called to the Bar, 7th August
   
1954
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Entered politics as an Independent and won the Micoud/Dennery seat on 18th  October

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Appointed to the Executive Council

   
1955 Under Committee System appointed to serve as Member responsible for Social Affairs
   
1956 Joined St. Lucia Labour Party
   
1958 Appointed, under Ministerial System, as Minister for Trade and Production
   
1961 Broke with Labour Party and formed National Labour Movement
   
1964
bulletNational Labour Movement (NLM) merged with the People's Progressive Party to form United Workers Party (UWP) won elections.
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Mr. Compton appointed St. Lucia's Second Chief Minister

   
1967 Mr. Compton became the Island's Premier with the move to Statehood in Association with Britain
   
1968 Married Barbara Janice Clarke, daughter of first St. Lucian born Governor, Sir Frederick Clarke.  They have 5 children.
   
1979

22nd February appointed St. Lucia's first Prime Minister on attainment of St. Lucia's Independence

   
1982 UWP returned to power
   
1992 25 years as Leader of the Government of St. Lucia
   
1993 October 18th - 39th year as a Member of St. Lucia's Parliament
   
1997 Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG), Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
   
Elections Contested 1954, 1957, 1961, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1992, 2006.
   
Years As Prime Minister
bullet1964 1967 Chief Minister
bullet1967 1979 Premier
bullet1979 1979 Prime Minister
bullet1982 1996 Prime Minister
bullet2006 2007 Prime Minister

 

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