William Florian Glasford, CSM
Former Speaker, St. Kitts and Nevis
William Florian Glasford was a politician, former Cabinet Minister, and Speaker in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Early life and education
William Florian Glasford was born in Dieppe Bay, St. Kitts on 12 December 1908. He attended the Government Elementary School.
Ending his long service as a Community Organizer on 3 August 1978, Glasford started his career in the 1930s where he worked at the St. Kitts Sugar Factory. He was later appointed as Section Secretary for the Factory Workers Section, and functioned as a member of what was then a “Works Committee.” From 1945 to 1947, Glasford became Vice President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union.
During the years, 1957, 1961, and 1966, Glasford was elected to the Legislature for the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Labour Party. As a Minister of Government, he held the Portfolio of Agriculture and Labour. And from 1971 to 1978, Glasford held the position of Speaker of the National Assembly of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla.
Glasford’s outstanding contribution to the development of organized labour led him on a path that saw him travel overseas to Curacao and later, Barbados where upon his return became involved in conducting local study classes.
Honours and awards
Glasford was honoured posthumously with the Companion of the Star of Merit in the 2008 National Honours Awards.
Outside of politics, Glasford's other interests included service on various union committees, and promoting sports and entertainment.
Glasford died at the Joseph N. France General Hospital in Basseterre, St. Kitts on 3 August 1978, aged 69.