Eric Williams Biography

Prime Minister (1911–1981)
Eric Williams formed the People's National Movement for an independent Trinidad and Tobago, and served as that country's first prime minister.


In the 1940s, Eric Williams took part in the Caribbean Commission, which focused on the development of his native Trinidad and Tobago. Impatient with the commission's progress, Williams formed his own political party, the People's National Movement, which won popular support. Williams became prime minister of the colony and guided it to independence, making Trinidad and Tobago a republic in 1976.

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