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George Herbert Walter
(1928 - 4 March 2008)
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Sir George Herbert Walter, KGCN
National Hero and Former Premier of Antigua and Barbuda

George Herbert Walter was a former Premier of Antigua and Barbada. He is a National Hero of Antigua and Barbuda.

Early life and education

Born 1928, Sir George was the second premier of Antigua and Barbuda, the founder of the Antigua Workers' Union (AWU) and the Progressive Labour Movement (PLM) and a former general-secretary of the Antigua Trades & Labour Union (AT&LU).

Career

Walter won Premiership in the 1971 elections, defeating Vere Bird four years after the colony became a British dependency with domestic autonomy. He advocated full independence for Antigua and Barbuda and opposed a British proposal to make Antigua and Barbuda an island federation. He was defeated in the 1976 elections by Bird.

The PLM headed the government from 1971 to 1976. During his tenure as premier of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir George was the representative of All Saints, which was then one constituency.

In all, he had 10 years in government – five as premier and the other five as leader of the opposition.

The Social Security Act, the Labour Code that was copied in every Caribbean territory, the Representation of the People's Act and the founding of the Antigua & Barbuda Development Bank were all the work of his PLM government.

After the 1982 elections, he gave up politics and went back to his cattle farm.

Person life

Sir George was married to the late Lady Hyacinth Walter, a former teacher and principal of the Antigua Girls' High School, who contested the All Saints seat in 1980 on behalf of her husband, narrowly losing to then ALP member of Parliament Hilroy Humphreys by nine votes.

Honours and awards

The former premier was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in the 2000-millennium honours. In 2006, the former Airport Road was renamed the Sir George H. Walter Highway, as a permanent memory to his life's work in the development of the nation.

In 2008 Sir George ascended to the Most Exalted Order of National Hero (NH) to become the country's fifth national hero.

Death

Sir George died on 4 March 2008, aged 79. He was survived by his children Sharon, Paul, Senator Gregory Walter, and Vaughn Walter along with other members of the Walter family.

ELECTION TIMELINE
Year District Party Votes % votes Result Notes6
1976 All Saints Progressive Labour Movement 1,352 60.30% Won 2nd term
1971 All Saints Progressive Labour Movement 1,039 68.49% Won 1st term
PARLIAMENTARY TIMELINE
Post Chamber Party Date
MP for All Saints House of Representatives PLM 1971 - 1980
PORTFOLIOS
Post Date
Premier and Minister of External Affairs and Defence 4 January 1974 - 1 February 1976
Premier and Minister of Finance, External Affairs, and Defence 11 February 1971 - 3 January 1974
Sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Walter
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George Walter
QUICK FACTS
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Occupation Lawyer
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Date of Birth 1928
Place of Birth St. John's, Antigua
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Date of Death 4 March 2008 (aged 79)
Place of Death St. John's Antigua
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Notable Accomplishments
Former parliamentarian
Premier of Antigua and Barbuda: 14 February 1971 - 1 February 1976
National Hero of Antigua and Barbuda: 2008
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