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Short Bio of Forbes Burnham
by Foundation
Posted on 2010-05-14

NAME: Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, O.E., S.C., B.A., LL.B

DATE OF BIRTH: February 20, 1923. Kitty, British Guiana

PARENTS' NAMES: James Ethelbert Burnham, Schoolmaster, and Rachael Abigail nee Sampson

EDUCATION:
• Kitty Methodist School, Central High School, Queen's College
• 1936 – Centenary Exhibition, Government Junior Scholarship;
• 1937 - Percival Exhibition
• 1942 – British Guiana Scholarship, University of London; Gray's Inn, London

MARITAL STATUS: Twice married (1) May 1951 – Sheila Bernice nee Lataste, Three Daughters – Roxanne, Annabelle and Francesca. (2) February 1967 – Viola Victorine nee Harper – Two daughters – Melanie and Ulele

CAREER:
• 1947 – President of the West Indian Student Union (London), Recipient of Best Speaker’s Cup (London)
• 1948 – Called to the Bar
• 1949 – Co-founder of People’s Progressive Party
• 1952 – Elected to Georgetown City Council
• 1953 – Minister of Education (after first election under Adult suffrage)
• 1957 – Founder of People’s National Congress
• 1957 – 64 – Leader of the opposition; President of the Guyana Bar Association
• 1959-64 – Mayor of Georgetown
• 1963-65 –President of the Guyana Labour Union
• 1964 – Premier
• 1966 – Prime Minister
• 1973 – Order of Excellence of Guyana (O.E.)
• 1980 – President of Guyana

HONOURS RECEIVED:
• 1973 – Order of Excellence of Guyana (O.E.)
• 1975 – The Grand Cordon of L’ordre du Nil award from the Government of Egypt; the Jose Marti award from the Government of Cuba
• An Honorary Doctorate of Law by Dalhousie University of Canada
• 1983 – Cruseiro De Sul, Brazil’s highest honor
• 1984 – Star of Planinay, Bulgaria’s highest award
• 1985 – Order of the Red Star, Yugoslavia’s highest award

RELIGION: Methodist

RECREATION: Swimming, horse-riding, billiards, patience, chess

DIED: August 6, 1985


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