A Profile of
Norman Washington Manley
Norman Washington Manley MM, QC, National Hero of Jamaica (4 July 1893 – 2 September 1969), was a Jamaican statesman. A Rhodes Scholar, Manley became one of Jamaica's leading lawyers in the 1920s. Manley was an advocate of universal suffrage, which was granted by the British colonial government to the colony in 1944
– He was born in 1893 in Roxborough, Manchester
– He died in 1969
– He graduated from Jamaica College and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University to study law
– He served as a solider in World War 1
– He acted as a mediator between workers and the government protesting against poor working conditions and low wages
– In 1938 he formed Peoples National Party (PNP)
– He campaigned for Universal Adult Suffrage which was granted in 1944
– He was Jamaica’s first and only premier from 1959-1962
– He and Sir Alexander Bustamante worked together to negotiate the terms of Jamaica’s independence from Britain
– He retired from politics in 1969 and died that same year.
– His image is prominent on the Jamaican $1000 bill.
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