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Sir Kennedy Simmonds
Simmonds in 2020
|1st Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis|
19 September 1983 – 7 July 1995
|Deputy||Michael Oliver Powell
Sydney Earl Morris
|Preceded by||Office Established
(Himself as Premier)
|Succeeded by||Denzil Douglas|
|4th Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis|
21 February 1980 – 19 September 1983
|Deputy||Michael Oliver Powell|
|Preceded by||Lee Moore|
|Succeeded by||Office Abolished
(Himself as Prime Minister)
Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds
12 April 1936
Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
|Political party||People's Action Movement|
|Education||University of the West Indies|
Life and career
Simmonds was a founding member of the People's Action Movement (PAM) party. He was the Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis from 21 February 1980, until the twin-island state gained independence from the United Kingdom on 19 September 1983. Upon independence, he became the 1st Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis and as such has been hailed as "The Father of the Nation."
Simmonds and his party ruled with the support of Nevis Reformation Party. He had three deputy prime ministers: Michael Oliver Powell 1980-1992, Sydney Earl Morris 1992-1994 and Hugh Heyliger 1994-1995.
In 2004, Simmonds was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George. In 2015, Simmonds became the fifth person to be named as a National Hero by the National Assembly. He is the first living person to receive this honour. In 2021, Simmonds received an honorary DSc from the University of the West Indies.
Simmonds published an autobiography in 2019 entitled The Making of a National Hero.
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