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HE Sir Solomon Hochoy TC GCMG GCVO KCMG CMG OBE (20 April 1905 – 15 November 1983) was a Trinidadian politician. He was the last British governor of Trinidad and Tobago and the first governor-general upon the country's independence in 1962. He was the first non-white governor of a British crown colony and the first ethnically Han Chinese and nationally Caribbean person to become governor-general in the Commonwealth.

Solomon Hochoy

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Governor General of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
31 August 1962 – 15 September 1972
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterEric Williams
Opposition LeaderRudranath Capildeo
Succeeded byEllis Clarke
Personal details
Born(1905-04-20)20 April 1905
Colony of Jamaica (present-day Jamaica)
Died15 November 1983(1983-11-15) (aged 78)
Blanchisseuse, Trinidad and Tobago
Spouse(s)Thelma Huggins


Life and careerEdit

Of Hakka Han Chinese background, his family emigrated to Trinidad when he was two years old and he grew up in Blanchisseuse. After rising through the civil service, Hochoy was appointed the first non-white Governor in the entire British Empire in 1960 (the first West Indian to be Governor).

When Trinidad and Tobago became independent in 1962 Hochoy was appointed Governor General. He retired from that position in 1972 and was succeeded by Ellis Clarke. After retirement he returned to Blanchisseuse where he spent the remainder of his life.


He was married to Thelma Huggins, a social activist.


The Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway and the Solomon Hochoy Trophy (for football) are named in his honour.


  • Anthony, Michael (2001). Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago. Lanham, Maryland, US & London, UK: Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 0-8108-3173-2.
  • Sinaswee, Sonja (17 September 2000). "Lady Thelma Hochoy: First and always ... a lady". The Sunday Guardian. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2017 – via National Library and Information System.
  • "The Hochoys: Sir Solomon and Lady Thelma Hochoy". Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago: Campus Libraries, University of the West Indies. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2017.

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