Donald Sangster

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The Most Honourable
Sir Donald Sangster
2nd Prime Minister of Jamaica
In office
23 February 1967 – 11 April 1967
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor-General Sir Clifford Campbell
Preceded by Alexander Bustamante
Succeeded by Hugh Shearer
Personal details
Born Donald Burns Sangster
(1911-10-26)26 October 1911
Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Died 11 April 1967(1967-04-11) (aged 55)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political party Jamaica Labour Party

Sir Donald Burns Sangster (26 October 1911 – 11 April 1967) was a Jamaican solicitor and an old boy of the prestigious Munro College in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.[1] politician and the second Prime Minister of Jamaica.[2]


He entered politics in 1933 at the age of 21 with his election to the council of the Parish of St Elizabeth, Jamaica. In 1944 he was elected to the House of Representatives of Jamaica as a member of the Jamaica Labour Party, becoming Minister of Social Welfare and Labour and, later, Minister of Finance. He became Acting Prime Minister in February 1964 when Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante became ill. He succeeded Bustamante as Prime Minister on 23 February 1967 only to die in office on 11 April, after suffering a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

His face appears on the Jamaican one hundred dollar banknote. He also has an airport in Jamaica named after him (Sangster International Airport (MBJ)).


  1. ^ Biography of Donald Sangster - Jamaican Government site Archived 7 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 22 April 2013
  2. ^ Andrew Holness and Donald Sangster article by Michael Burke - Jamaica Observer - 27 October 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2013


  • "Donald Sangster - Jamaica's shortest-serving PM" at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 February 2012), The Jamaica Gleaner, 3 September 2007
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Bustamante
Prime Minister of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Hugh Shearer

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