Orville Turnquest

Sir Orville Alton Turnquest GCMG QC (born 19 July 1929)[1] was the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Bahamas from 1992 to 1994, and the fifth Governor-General of the Bahamas from 3 January 1995 until his retirement on 13 November 2000.

Sir Orville Turnquest
5th Governor-General of The Bahamas
In office
3 January 1995 – 13 November 2000
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterHubert Ingraham
Preceded bySir Clifford Darling
Succeeded byDame Ivy Dumont
Foreign Minister of The Bahamas
In office
21 August 1992 – 3 January 1995
Prime MinisterHubert Ingraham
Personal details
Orville Alton Turnquest

(1929-07-19) 19 July 1929 (age 91)
Grants Town, New Providence, The Bahamas
Alma materUniversity of London


Turnquest was born in Grants Town, New Providence, to Robert and Gwendolyn Turnquest.[2] After obtaining his Cambridge Junior Certificate, Cambridge Senior Certificate and London Matriculation Certificate at the Government High School between 1942 and 1945, he was articled in the law chambers of the late Hon. A. F. Adderley from 1947 to 1953, being called to The Bahamas Bar on 26 June 1953. He subsequently studied at the University of London (1957–60), earning a bachelor of laws degree (LLB) with honours, and in July 1960 was admitted to the English Bar as a member of Lincoln’s Inn.[2]

He served as Bahamian Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs from 21 August 1992, and became Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs on 1 September 1993.[2] He was knighted in 1995.


  1. ^ Profile of Orville Turnquest
  2. ^ a b c "Orville Turnquest 1995–2001" Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine, The Bahamas Information Services.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Clifford Darling
Governor-General of the Bahamas
Succeeded by
Dame Ivy Dumont