James Cameron Tudor

Sir James Cameron Tudor, KCMG (18 October 1919 – 9 July 1995[1]) was a Barbadian politician and diplomat, who was a founding member of the country's Democratic Labour Party in 1955. He served on the first Provisional General Council and as the first General Secretary.[2] He served as deputy prime minister, education minister, high commissioner to Britain, and United Nations ambassador, and was elected to both houses of the national legislature.[3] He also worked as a broadcaster, lecturer and journalist.[citation needed]

Sir James Cameron Tudor

Born(1919-10-18)18 October 1919
Died9 June 1995(1995-06-09) (aged 75)

Tudor was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1970 New Year Honours,[4] and was promoted to a Knight Commander of the Order in the 1987 list.[5]


Born in St. Michael, Barbados in 1919, Tudor was educated at Harrison College, Barbados, and at Keble College, Oxford, where in 1942 he became the first Black person elected president of the Oxford Union.[6][7] After receiving a master's degree in history and politics in 1944,[3] he returned to Barbados and taught at Combermere School (1946–48) and in British Guiana at Queens School (1948–51).[citation needed]

He was elected to the Barbados House of Assembly in 1951. He was a founding member in 1955 of the Democratic Labour Party,[6] which assumed power in 1961 and led the former British colony to independence in 1966.[3]

He served as Deputy Prime Minister,[8] twice served as Foreign Minister of Barbados[9] (1971–72, 1986–1989),[1] Education Minister[10] (1961–67),[1] as Barbados' High Commissioner to the United Kingdom[11] (1972–75), and High Commissioner to Canada (1990–1992),[1] and was the Permanent Representative to the United Nations[11] (1976–1979).[1]

He died in hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados, aged 75, following a heart attack.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Index Tj-Tz". rulers.org. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  2. ^ "The Party". Democratic Labour Party. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sir James C. Tudor", Washington Post, 12 July 1995.
  4. ^ "No. 45005". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1969. p. 51.
  5. ^ "No. 50767". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1986. p. 39.
  6. ^ a b Pamela Roberts, Black Oxford: The Untold Stories of Oxford University's Black Scholars, Oxford: Signal Books, 2013.
  7. ^ "Sir Philip Dowson at Univ". September 10, 2021. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  8. ^ Foreign Service Journal. American Foreign Service Association. 1972.
  9. ^ "Foreign ministers A–D". rulers.org. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  10. ^ Almanac of Current World Leaders, Vols 10-11. International Academy at Santa Barbara. 1967. p. 13.
  11. ^ a b "Obituary: Sir James Cameron Tudor". Toledo Blade. 11 July 1995.