Donald Sangster

Sir Donald Burns Sangster ON GCVO (26 October 1911 – 11 April 1967) was a Jamaican solicitor and politician, and the second Prime Minister of Jamaica.[1]

Sir Donald Sangster

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2nd Prime Minister of Jamaica
In office
23 February 1967 – 11 April 1967
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralClifford Campbell
Preceded byAlexander Bustamante
Succeeded byHugh Shearer
Personal details
Donald Burns Sangster

(1911-10-26)26 October 1911
Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Died11 April 1967(1967-04-11) (aged 55)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyJamaica Labour Party

Early lifeEdit

Donald Burns Sangster was born in Black River in the parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. His father William B. Sangster was a land surveyor and a planter. His mother's name is Cassandra Sangster (née Plummer).[2] Sangster attended the prestigious Munro College in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.[3]

Political careerEdit

He entered politics at the age of 21 in 1933, when he was elected to the Parish Council of St Elizabeth, Jamaica. In 1944 he was elected to the House of Representatives of Jamaica as a member of the Jamaica Labour Party. He then went on to become Minister of Social Welfare and Labour and later, Minister of Finance. He became Acting Prime Minister in February 1964 when Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante became ill.

On 21 February, in the 1967 Jamaican general election, the JLP were victorious again, winning 33 out of 53 seats, with the PNP taking 20 seats.[4]

He succeeded Bustamante as Prime Minister on 23 February 1967, only to die in office on 11 April, after suffering a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

His face appears on the Jamaican one hundred dollar banknote. Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay is named after him.


He was taken ill on 18 March 1967, and was flown by the U.S. government to the Montreal Neurological Institute for specialist treatment.[5] He went into a coma a few weeks later on 1 April, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during that period; he died 10 days later.[6]


  1. ^ Andrew Holness and Donald Sangster article by Michael Burke - Jamaica Observer - 27 October 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2013
  2. ^ "Sir Donald Sangster". Jamaica Labour Party. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  3. ^ Biography of Donald Sangster - Jamaican Government site Archived 7 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 22 April 2013
  4. ^ Dieter Nohlen (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p. 430.
  5. ^ Caribbean Monthly Bulletin. Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico. 1966.
  6. ^ Harris M. Lentz (4 February 2014). Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. Routledge. pp. 451–. ISBN 978-1-134-26490-2.


Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Bustamante
Prime Minister of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Hugh Shearer