Trinidad Express / THE nation’s first Prime Minister Dr Eric Eustace Williams died 36 years ago, today.
Williams, regarded as the “Father of the Nation” and a world renowned historian, was the founder of the Peoples National Movement (PNM).
He produced many scholarly works which focused on the Caribbean and the impacts of colonialism to the islands, some of which are still used both locally and internationally. Such books included: Capitalism and Slavery, British Historians and the West Indies and From Columbus to Castro.
Born on September 25, 1911, Williams was educated at Queen’s Royal College in Port of Spain and earned an island scholarship in 1932 where he went to Oxford, England gaining a first-class honours with a Bachelors of Arts in History.
He fathered three children, Alistair Williams, Erica Williams-Connell and Pamela Williams.
Williams has been credited as an instrumental figure which led to the Independence of the nation.
He also served as the country’s first Chief Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 1956 to 1959.
In his autobiography, “Inward Hunger” Williams spoke of his struggles in pursuit of academic success.
Williams was succeeded by George Chambers as Prime Minister.
Minister in the Ministry of Education Dr Lovell Francis recalled one of his earliest memories of Williams, saying that he was a “game changer” in the political arena and that he knew him as the man “who made sure we had milk and biscuits at school before every recess.”