Leonard Williams (politician)

Sir Arthur Leonard Williams GCMG (22 January 1904 – 27 December 1972) was a British politician who was General Secretary of the Labour Party during the 1960s.[1]

Sir Leonard Williams
2nd Governor-General of Mauritius
In office
3 September 1968 – 27 December 1972
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterSeewoosagur Ramgoolam
Preceded byMichel Rivalland (acting)
Succeeded byRaman Osman
Personal details
Born22 January 1904
Died27 December 1972

Early lifeEdit

Born in Liverpool in 1904, he began working on the steam engines of the railway as a boy, doing the dirty jobs of cleaning out the ashes and the boilers on the engines. He became involved in the union movement after World War I, rising through various positions to attain the position of General Secretary of the British Labour Party. After retiring from that post he was knighted and appointed Governor-General of Mauritius in 1968 and served in that capacity until his death. He was also involved in the Scout movement. [2]

He was married to Margaret Alma I. S. Wiggins (born Oxton, England 1904). There were no children of the marriage.


  1. ^ "Mauritians defy state of emergency to greet Queen". Glasgow Herald. 25 March 1972. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Leonard Williams, Mauritius Governor". New York Times. 28 December 1972. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Labour Party Assistant National Agent
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Labour Party National Agent
Succeeded by
Preceded by
General Secretary of the Labour Party
1962 – 1968
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by
Michel Rivalland
Governor-General of Mauritius
1968 – 1972
Succeeded by