Frederick Theophilus Williams
Former Cabinet Minister, St. Kitts and Nevis
Frederick Theophilus Williams was a former Cabinet Minister in St. Kitts and Nevis
Frederick Theophilus Williams was born on 10 November 1906 in St. Paul's, St. Kitts to Edmund Williams, a labourer and his wife, Phoebe Ann Williams. At an early age, Williams moved to Basseterre where he became an apprentice in the carpenter’s trade. Williams later traveled to Aruba where he spent a few years.
In the 1930s, he became involved with others interested in improving the conditions of workers in St. Kitts. He joined the Workers’ League and served on its Board of Directors and as its President. He was in the forefront of agitation for new laws relating to the formation of Trade Unions, the Right to Vote and Workmen’s Compensation.
When the League formed the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union in 1940, F.T. Williams held the post of Treasurer of the union for many years and also served as chairman of the Tradesmen and Allied Workers Section.
In 1952, Williams was elected to the Legislature and in 1956 with the advent of the Ministerial System he was appointed Minister of Social Affairs and later of Communications and Works. Williams served as Minister for fifteen years. In 1966 he was appointed Minister without portfolio. He also served as Chairperson of the Central Housing Authority and as Director of National Bank.
Williams was married to wife Agnes, and he was the father of three daughters and two sons.
Death and legacy
Williams died on 8 February 1977 after a very short illness, aged 70. The F.T. Williams Highway is named in his honour.