Vernon Shaw

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Vernon Lorden Shaw (13 May 1930[1] – 2 December 2013) was the fifth President of Dominica, in office from 1998 to 2003.

Shaw was an alumnus of the Dominica Grammar School and Trinity College, Oxford.[1] He was a career civil servant, rising to the post of Cabinet Secretary in 1977, and retiring in 1990.[1]

Shaw was elected to a five-year term as President by the House of Assembly on 2 October 1998, as the candidate of the United Workers' Party (UWP). The secret ballot, party-line vote was 18-13. He took office on October 6, 1998,[2] following the expiration of President Crispin Sorhaindo's single five-year term. Shaw left office on 1 October 2003, and was succeeded by Nicholas Liverpool. He died on 2 December 2013 at the age of 83.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Roger East; Richard Thomas (5 August 2003). Profiles of People in Power: The world's government leaders. Psychology Press. pp. 144–45. ISBN 978-1-85743-126-1. 
  2. ^ David Lea; Colette Milward; Annamarie Rowe (2001). A Political Chronology of the Americas. Psychology Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-85743-118-6. 
  3. ^ "Vernon Shaw passes on". 2 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
Preceded by
Crispin Sorhaindo
President of Dominica
Succeeded by
Nicholas Liverpool

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