Prime Ministers of Jamaica: Edward Seaga

The Most Hon. Edward Seaga


The Most Hon. Edward Phillip George Seaga, ON, P.C., LL.D. (Hon.)


The Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga was Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister from November 4, 1980 to February 13, 1989.


He was born on May 28, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts.


At 29 years old he was the youngest person to hold membership of the Legislative Council (now called the Senate). He was Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party since 1974. He became Prime Minister in 1980 and held office for two successive terms.
Local constituency organization and national cultural development are two areas of particular achievement for Edward Seaga. For 40 years was successful in the West Kingston constituency that no other politician was able to hold for more than five years. He transformed depressed inner-city areas within his West Kingston constituency into vibrant communities. Culturally, he was the nation’s leading pioneer of ideas and institutions to promote culture, nationally and internationally.
Mr. Seaga also authored Parent Teacher Relationship, Development of the Child and Revival Cults. He also compiled an album called Folk Music of Jamaica, recorded by Ethnic Folkways Library.


Mr. Seaga was educated at the Wolmer’s Boys School, in Jamaica, and in the USA he attended Harvard University, graduating in 1952 with a degree in the Social Sciences.


Mr. Seaga’s parents, Jamaicans Phillip George Seaga and Erna nee Maxwell brought him home when three months old. He married Marie Elizabeth ‘Mitzie’ nee Constantine in 1965. That union ended in divorce and he married Carla Frances nee Vendryes in 1996. He has three children Christopher, Andrew, Anabella and Gabrielle.



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