Roland Symonette

Bahamians

Born: 16-Dec-1898
Birthplace: The Current, Eleuthera
Died: 13-Mar-1980
Location of death: His home at Green Roofs, Nassau, Bahamas
Cause of death: Pancrearic Cancer
Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Ethnicity: Mixed
Occupation: Politician, Businessman

Executive summary: Sir Roland’s legacy begins with his determination
to succeed. As well as facilitating the development of the Bahamas, his
shrewd business sense gained him great wealth and political influence. In
1964, he became the first Premier of the Bahamas and is noted as the longest
serving member of the House of Assembly (52 years). He is remembered for his
dedicated service to the Bahamian people.

Father: Edwin Lofthouse Symonette
Mother: Lavania Weech
Wife: Margaret Frances (2 sons)
Children: Roland Craig and Theodore Brent. He fathered 3 children by
2 previous marriages: Basil Harcourt, Zelda Jeane and Robert Hallam

Highlights:
House of Assembly 1925 – 1977
Knighted – 1959

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