Othniel Rudolph Sylvester, CMG, QC
Former Speaker of the House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Othniel Rudolph Sylvester was a former Speaker of the House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Early life and education
Aftr embarking on a career in the teaching prodession that spaned from 1948 to 1956, Sylvester switched careers when he enrolled with the City of London College, University of London, to read for a degree in Law.
In 1958, Sylvester was awarded First Class Honours with a distinction in Public International Law. That year, he graduated from the Inns of Court (Inner Temple) Law School with Second Class Honours. He was called to the Bar in England in 1958 and to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bar in 1959.
Othniel Sylvester served as Speaker of the House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 15 September 1966 - 16 March 1967, under the People’s Political Party Adminstration. He was also a Member of Parliament and Minister for Communications and Works from 4 May 1972 to 17 September 1974.
Sylvester was also a former Director of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bankfrom 1984 to 1986.
During the period 2001 to 2002, he acted as a High Court Jude of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Honours and awards
Sylvester was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1985.
Sylester died on 12 May 2012 after a long battle with cancer.