Famous people from Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father of the United States, chief of staff to General Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the Constitution, the founder of the nation's financial system, and the founder of the first American political party. As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the primary author of the economic policies of the George Washington administration, especially the funding of the state debts by the Federal government, the establishment of a national bank, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain. He became the leader of the Federalist Party, created largely in support of his views, and was opposed by the Democratic-Republican Party, led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Hamilton served in the American Revolutionary War. At the start of the war, he organized an artillery company and was chosen as its captain. He later became the senior aide-de-camp and confidant to General George Washington, the American commander-in-chief. He served again under Washington in the army raised to defeat the Whiskey Rebellion, a tax revolt of western farmers in 1794. In 1798, Hamilton called for mobilization against France after the XYZ Affair and secured an appointment as commander of a new army, which he trained for a war. However, the Quasi-War, although hard-fought at sea, was never officially declared. In the end, President John Adams found a diplomatic solution that avoided war.
Kim Collins is a track and field sprinter from Saint Kitts and Nevis. In 2003, he became the World Champion in the 100 m. He represented his country at the Summer Olympics on four occasions, from 1996 to 2008, and was the country's first athlete to ever reach an event final. He has also competed at eight consecutive editions of the World Championships, beginning in 1997 and up to 2011. After falling out with his country's Olympic officials for an unsanctioned meeting with his wife at a London hotel, Collins was dropped from the Saint Kitts and Nevis team before the 100m heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Collins was the bronze medallist over 200 m at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics and became the 100 m champion at the 2002 Commonwealth Games with a run of 9.98 seconds, breaking the 10-second barrier. He won a silver medal over 60 metres at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships, before going on to take his outdoor crown. He also won sprint medals at the 2005 World Championships, 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 2011 World Championships. He set a new personal and national record for the 100m on the 4th of July 2013 with a time of 9.97 in Lausanne at the diamond league. At age 37, the 9.97 equalled the masters M35 age division world record of Linford Christie, who was two years younger when he set the record. On 10th July 2013 he ran under 10 seconds for the 6th time, clocking 9.99 in Budapest. This extended his own record as the oldest man to run a sub 10 second 100m to 37 years, 3 months and 5 days.
Caryl Phillips is a Kittitian-British novelist, playwright and essayist. Best known for his novels, Phillips is often described as a Black Atlantic writer, since much of his fictional output is defined by its interest in, and searching exploration of, the experiences of peoples of the African diaspora in England, the Caribbean and the United States. As well as writing, Phillips has worked as an academic at numerous institutions including Amherst College, Barnard College and, most recently, Yale University where he has held the position of Professor of English since 2005.
Linda Anita Carty is a woman possessing both United States and British citizenship on death row in Texas. She was convicted and sentenced to death in February 2002 for the abduction and murder of 25-year-old Joana Rodriguez, allegedly in order to steal her new born son. Carty claims she was framed by drug dealers in response to her work as an informant and has appealed her conviction. Her appeals have been unsuccessful and the appeal procedure has been exhausted. Barring the granting of clemency, she stands to become the first female British national to be executed since Ruth Ellis in 1955, and the first British black woman executed in more than a century.
Atiba Harris is a Kittitian footballer who currently plays for Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer. He is the first cousin of Manchester City footballer Micah Richards.
Bertil Fox is a British former IFBB professional bodybuilder.
Denzil Llewellyn Douglas is the Prime Minister of the twin-island Caribbean nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Minister of Minister of Finance, Sustainable Development, Human Resources Development, Constituency Empowerment and Social Security. He represents residents of St. Christopher #6 as their Member of Parliament. Dr. Douglas is a former high school teacher and avid sports enthusiast. He has an impressive record of community service including leadership of the 4H movement. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 an his medical degree with honours from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica in 1984. When he returned to Saint Kitts after qualifying as a medical doctor he opened private/family practice in 1986. He has served as President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Medical Association. Dr. Douglas was the first Young Labour Representative to sit on the National Executive of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. He was elected as Deputy Chairman of the Party in 1987. Two years later, in 1989, he ran for public office and was elected for the first time as a Member of Parliament for St. Christopher #6, serving the communities of Newton Ground, St. Pauls, Dieppe Bay, Parsons, Saddlers and Harris'.
Ras-I Alujah Bramble is a boxer. Bramble was raised on Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He became the first world champion from Saint Kitts and Nevis. Although his last recorded fight occurred on June 26, 2003, he has never officially announced his retirement, and constantly hints that he wishes to fight on. His current record stands at 40–26–3.
Kieran Omar Akeem Powell is a left-hand opening batsman. He plays for the Leeward Islands at domestic level and has represented the West Indies in two One Day Internationals.
Desai Williams is a former sprinter from Canada, who won an Olympic bronze medal in 4 x 100 metres relay in Los Angeles 1984. Competing at the two first World Championships, where he reached the semi-final, he set his personal best 200 metres time with 20.29 s in 1983 and his 100 metres personal best time of 10.11 s from a 6th-place finish at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Williams trained with the Scarborough Optimists Track Club which was affiliated with the Ben Johnson scandal. Club coach Charlie Francis, working with Dr. Jamie Astaphan, had supplied performance enhancing drugs to Johnson, Williams, Tony Sharpe, Angella Taylor, Kevin Tyler, Mark McKoy and others. He now works as the speed coach for the Toronto Argonauts and is one of the most respected sprint coaches in eastern Canada. He currently trains Olympic athletes Tremaine Harris, Phylicia George and Justyn Warner among others.
Felix Dexter was a British actor, comedian, and writer.
John Gorrie was a physician, scientist, inventor, and humanitarian. He is considered the father of refrigeration and air conditioning. Born on the Island of Nevis to Scottish parents on October 3, 1803, he spent his childhood in South Carolina. He received his medical education at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District of New York in Fairfield, New York. In 1833, he moved to Apalachicola, Florida, a port city on the Gulf coast. As well as being resident physician at two hospitals, Gorrie was active in the community. At various times he served as a council member, Postmaster, President of the Bank of Pensacola's Apalachicola Branch, Secretary of the Masonic Lodge, and was one of the founding vestrymen of Trinity Episcopal Church. Dr. Gorrie's medical research involved the study of tropical diseases. At the time the theory that bad air caused diseases was a prevalent hypothesis and based on this theory, he urged draining the swamps and the cooling of sickrooms. For this he cooled rooms with ice in a basin suspended from the ceiling. Cool air, being heavier, flowed down across the patient and through an opening near the floor. Since ice had to be brought by boat from the northern lakes, Gorrie experimented with making artificial ice.
Pat Thomas was a Light-middleweight boxer, originally from Saint Kitts and Nevis, who took British citizenship and won two British boxing titles in the 1970s and 80s. After leaving Saint Kitts, Thomas settled in Cardiff in Wales, and is recognised as a Welsh fighter taking the Welsh light middleweight Championship in 1977.
Runako Shakur Morton was a Nevisian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-handed offbreak bowler. A lively, often unpredictable character, Morton was expelled from the West Indian cricketing academy in July 2001 for bad behaviour but continued to play for the Leeward Islands in the Busta Cup. Upon his return in February 2002, he was called into the West Indies squad as a replacement for Marlon Samuels, but he was dropped once again when he lied about his non-appearance in the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2002. Following a stabbing incident in January 2004, he was arrested but was given a third chance in May 2005 when he was recalled for the South African Test. He was involved in a bizarre run-out with Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the third Test against New Zealand in 2006. Morton drove the ball to mid-on where Daniel Vettori was fielding and ran to the non striker end. Chanderpaul, at the other end, initially took a few steps down the wicket but then turned and went back to the non-striker's end. Morton believed he was out, and, furious at his captain, began to walk off. However, following a call to the third umpire, it was decided that Morton had grounded his bat at the non-striker's end just before Chanderpaul, and hence was safe and that Chanderpaul was out. Video evidence suggests that the umpire's decision was wrong: although Morton made his ground first, he then left it before the run-out was made, so he should have been the one dismissed.
Pogus Caesar is a British artist, television producer and director. He was born in St Kitts, West Indies, and grew up in Birmingham, England.
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Chaloner Ogle was a British naval commander during the War of the Austrian Succession.
Frances "Fanny" Nelson, Viscountess Nelson, is best known as the wife of Horatio Nelson, the British naval officer who won several victories over the French during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Born of wealthy parents on Nevis, she was orphaned at a fairly young age, and married a doctor, Josiah Nisbet. The couple returned to England, but her new husband died there, and Frances returned to Nevis to live with her uncle, a prominent politician of the island. There she met Horatio Nelson, and married him in 1789. The couple moved to England and Fanny established a household and cared for her husband's elderly father while he was at sea. She was by all accounts a devoted wife, but in time Horatio met Emma Hamilton while serving in the Mediterranean and the two embarked in a highly public affair. Fanny became estranged from her husband, who refused all contact with her up to his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Despite this she remained devoted to his memory for the rest of her life.
Track and field athlete
Jason Rogers is a Saint Kitts and Nevis sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres. Rogers helped win a bronze medal as a part of the 4×100m relay at the 2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Cali, Colombia. He also finished sixth in the 100 metres final of the 2010 World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.
American Football Player
Erasmus James is an American football defensive end for the New Mexico Stars of the Indoor Football League. He played college football at University of Wisconsin, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 18th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Vikings and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.
Joseph Emmanuel Benjamin is a former English cricketer who played in one Test and 2 ODIs from 1994 to 1995. He was a strong medium-fast bowler who came into county cricket late, first with Warwickshire and then with Surrey, after success in Minor Counties cricket with Staffordshire. He took 387 wickets in first-class cricket between 1988 and 1999 at an average of 29.94. In his final season, Surrey won the County Championship, though he only played in two of the matches. His best effort with the bat was a first-class 49. A One Test Wonder, his single Test match appearance for England came in 1994 when he was selected for the final Test of the series against South Africa at The Oval, his home ground. He performed well in the match taking four wickets in the first innings. However, his effort was overshadowed by Devon Malcolm's spectacular nine-wicket haul in the second innings. He was 33 at the time, and did not play any more Test matches for England as the national selectors preferred to concentrate on younger fast bowlers. Benjamin is now a cricket coach; he lives in Reigate, Surrey. Benjamin coaches cricket at Reigate Grammar School
Nathaniel Wells, was the son of a Welsh merchant and a black slave. After inheriting his father's plantations, he became a wealthy land owner, magistrate, the second black person to hold a commission in the Armed Forces of the Crown
Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw
Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw was the first Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean, and previously served as Chief Minister, legislator, and labour activist. Bradshaw is credited with leading Saint Kitts and Nevis to independence.
Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron is the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice. He also serves as President of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, and is former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and former Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. He was born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Antoine Adams is a Saint Kitts and Nevis sprinter who specialises in the 200 metres. Adams helped win a bronze medal as a part of the 4×100m relay team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Born August 31st 1988, Antoine Adams excelled in Track & Field in his early years leading up to high school. Upon graduating Cayon High School he attended The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College but left after a couple months. Antoine decided to further his track career and registered for community college in Miami and later met his coach Eric Francis. In 2013 at the CAC Championships in Morelia, Adams broke the 200 National Record of St. Kitts and Nevis, bringing it down to 20.13s.
Keith Lloyd Thomas Arthurton is a former West Indian cricketer. Having become only the third player to hail from Nevis, the left-arm unorthodox bowler played in 33 Tests between July 1988 and August 1995 and continued playing in one day matches until May 1999. However, he never recovered from the 1996 World Cup, in which he scored two runs in five innings. Despite a strike rate of just 67, Arthurton was a good striker of the ball, favouring the leg side. He was also a good bowler. He took three 4-wicket hauls in the shorter version of the game with a best of 4/31. Arthurton was also an excellent fielder. His best moments were reserved for the subcontinent, as he got scores of 84, 63 and 44 off 30 balls in consecutive matches against Pakistan. In a match against India where the next highest score for West Indies was 16, Arthurton got 59 off 83. His best against them was 76 not out followed by 59 then 58 not out. This preceded 41 and 72 against them. Sri Lanka felt his presence as he got scores of 72 not out and then consecutive scores of 37 not out off just 31 balls with two sixes and a four and then 50 not out off 60 and then a 17 ball 24 not out. He rarely succeeded against England, though he had few memorable knocks against New Zealand and South Africa.
Eulalie Spence was an African-American female writer, teacher, director, actress and playwright from the British West Indies. She was an influential member of the Harlem Renaissance, writing fourteen plays, at least five of which were published. Spence, who described herself as a "folk dramatist" who made plays for fun and entertainment, was considered one of the most experienced female playwrights before the 1950s, and received more recognition than other black playwrights of the Harlem Renaissance period, winning several competitions. She presented several plays with W.E.B. DuBois' Krigwa Players, of which she was a member from 1926 to 1928. Spence was also a mentor to theatrical producer Joseph Papp, founder of The Public Theater and the accompanying festival currently known as Shakespeare in the Park.
Hall of fame inductee
Robert L. "Bob" Douglas was the founder of the New York Renaissance basketball team. Nicknamed the "Father of Black Professional Basketball", Douglas owned and coached the Rens from 1923 to 1949, guiding them to a 2,318-381 record. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 1972, the first African American enshrined. The Rens barnstormed throughout the United States, mostly in the Midwest, and played any team that would schedule them, black or white. Traveling as far as 200 miles for a game, they often slept on the bus and ate cold meals; they were barred from many hotels and restaurants by Jim Crow laws and norms of racial discrimination which prevailed in the northern United States at the time. The Rens soon became a dominant team, winning as many as 88 consecutive games during the 1932–33 season. In the twenties and early thirties, their matches with the Original Celtics were basketball's greatest gate attraction. At the World Professional Basketball Tournament they won in 1939, lost to the eventual champion Harlem Globetrotters in 1940, and finished second to the National Basketball League champion Minneapolis Lakers in 1948.
Leonard Alphonso Harris was a West Indian cricketer who played for the Leeward Islands between 1958 and 1971. An opening batsman for much of his career, and occasional bowler in his final seasons, Harris played in West Indian first class cricket, as well as facing the MCC team, England and Australia during his career. He played 27 matches, scoring nearly 1,400 runs at 29.04, including a century, and taking 15 wickets at 19.46. He then went on to play lower-level cricket for St. Kitts until 1976, and helped create the first cricket academy in the Leeward Islands.
Kenford Keith Ian Walwyn, more commonly known as Keith Walwyn, was a Kittitian footballer who played as a striker.
John Carl Maynard, known as The Dentist, is a former West Indian cricketer. In a first-class career of just 13 matches, he took 35 wickets.
Sir Edmund Lawrence
Photo: Sir Edmund Lawrence Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence, GCMG, OBE is the current Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis. He was sworn in on 2 January 2013. Sir Edmund Lawrence is the 3rd Governor General of the independent nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. He was sworn-in at midnight of 1 January 2013. He was born in St. Kitts on 14 February 1932. He is Methodist. Sir Edmund taught in elementary schools on the island between 1951 and 1954. He graduated from the University of London in 1966 with a degree in Economics. Following his graduation from the University of London, Sir Edmund lectured at Walbrook College in London between 1967 and 1969. He returned to the Caribbean and began an illustrious career. In 1970, Sir Edmund established the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited which has grown in assets from US$75 thousand to US$0.75 billion making it arguably be the largest indigenous bank in the Eastern Caribbean. Sir Edmund also established other institutions still in existence including the National Bank Trust Company in 1972, the National Caribbean Insurance Company in 1973, and the St. Kitts and Nevis Morgtage and Investment Company in 2001.
Sir Alan Cuthbert Maxwell Burns GCMG was a British colonial administrator and governor. Burns was born in Basseterre and had seven siblings. His father James Patrick Burns who was married to Agnes Zulma Delisle was treasurer of St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla and died in 1896. In 1901 Burns matriculated to St. Edmund's College in Old Hall Green. His mother died in Hertfordshire in 1914. In the same year he married Kathleen Fitzpatrick Hardtman with two daughters named Barbara and Benedicta. Burns had several posts at the Colonial Service. He served on the Leeward Islands from 1905 to 1912 and afterwards in Nigeria until 1924. In 1927 he became Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George and served as Colonial Secretary of the Bahamas until 1929. From 1929 to 1934 he was Deputy Chief Secretary to Government of Nigeria. Afterwards he was posted to British Honduras where he was governor from 2 November 1934 until 24 February 1939. During this period he was made Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1936. In 1942 he became knight of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. From 1942 until December 18, 1943 he served as governor of Nigeria. After a short time as Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies he was governor of the Gold Coast from 29 June 1942 until 2 August 1947. He was made Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1946 and after retiring he served as Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom on the UN Trusteeship Council until 1956. Burns died at Westminster Hospital in London.
Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore served as Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis from 20 May 1979 to 21 February 1980. He was a member of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party. He was educated at King's College London where he graduated with an LLB in law, and later earned an LLM and a Diploma in Theology.
Track and field athlete
Brijesh Lawrence is a Saint Kitts and Nevis sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres. Lawrence helped win a bronze medal as a part of the 4×100m relay at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Jevon Francis is a Saint Kitts and Nevis international footballer who plays for Southern Myanmar United, as a striker.
Cyril Valentine Briggs was an African-Caribbean and African-American writer and communist political activist born in the West Indies. He was influenced by political ideas that emerged during and after the First World War.
Joseph Walcott Parry was Premier of Nevis from 11 July 2006 to 23 January 2013. He is the leader of the Nevis Reformation Party. In the 10 July 2006 Island Assembly election, Parry's NRP won three out of five seats, ending the 14-year rule of the Concerned Citizens' Movement. In the 11 July 2011 Island Assembly election, Parry's NRP again won three out of five seats and was return to office for a second term. In the 22 January 2013 Island Assembly election, Parry's NRP won two out of five seats and therefore was succeeded as Premier by Vance Amory.
Cyril "Ces" Podd is a retired international footballer from Saint Kitts and Nevis who played professionally in England. He was one of the first black players to establish themselves in English football.
Tiandra Ponteen is a Saint Kitts and Nevis sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres and the 400 metres. She won the 400 metres silver medal at the 2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships. She reached the semi-final at the 1999 World Youth Championships, the 2002 World Junior Championships, the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2005 World Championships and the 2009 World Championships. She also competed at the 2000 World Junior Championships, the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2010 World Indoor Championships without progressing from the first round. Her personal best times are 23.41 seconds in the 200 metres, achieved in April 2005 in Oxford; and 50.83 in the 400 metres, achieved in June 2005 in Sacramento. On the indoor track she has 23.24 seconds in the 200 metres, achieved in February 2006 in Fayetteville. She also holds the Saint Kitts record in the 4 x 100 metres relay, with 44.41 seconds achieved in July 2004 in Bogotá together with Carol Clarke, Nathandra John and Virgil Hodge.
Dr. the Hon. Timothy Sylvester Harris has been the foreign minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis since August 10, 2001. Harris grew up in the rural village of Tabernacle. He attended the Cayon High School and Basseterre High School before making his journey to six university campuses, two in the Caribbean and four in Canada. In 1988, Harris graduated from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc degree with a First Class Honours in Accounting. The only graduate of the B.Sc Accounting programme to obtain this distinction. He also received the Victor Crooke Prize for Best Accounting Student. He returned home and worked for two years at managerial level with S. L. Horsfords and Co Ltd. In 1990-92 he pursued his M.Sc degree in Accounting at the St Augustine Campus of UWI in Trinidad. He graduated top of the class with an M.Sc degree with a Distinction in Accounting. In 2001 Harris successfully defended his Ph.D dissertation at Concordia University in Montreal Canada. The doctoral programme is a joint Ph.D programme involving Concordia University, Mc Gill and two French Universities H.E.C. and UQAM. Harris holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration majoring in Accounting.
Rawlins Lowndes was an American lawyer and politician, and president/governor of South Carolina. His sons, Thomas and William Lowndes, both served in the U.S. Congress. Lowndes was born on the island of St. Kitts in the British West Indies in January 1721. At the young age of 21, Lowndes was appointed as the Provost-Marshall of South Carolina. He served in this role for ten years, from 1742 to 1752. Lowndes was first elected to the Royal Assembly, the colonial legislature, in 1749. During his years as a South Carolina political leader, Lowndes was a guiding force in South Carolina’s revolutionary government. He was a member of the First and Second Provincial Congresses, the First and Second General Assemblies, and the First and Second Councils of Safety. In 1776, Lowndes was one of eleven committee members charged with the responsibility of writing a draft constitution for South Carolina. Despite his involvement in challenging increasingly harsh British measures leading up to the American Revolution, Lowndes opposed armed rebellion and independence from Britain. On March 7, 1778 South Carolina General Assembly elected Lowndes President of South Carolina after John Rutledge. Lowndes approved major changes to the state constitution on March 19, 1778. The first changed the title of South Carolina’s chief executive office from president to governor. The three major changes removed the governor’s power to veto legislation, created a Senate elected via popular election, and disestablished the Church of England in South Carolina.
Lieutenant-General William Skinner was Chief Engineer of Great Britain. He was well known for his work on the fortifications of Minorca and Gibraltar although he considered his work on Fort George to be his "monument"
Christene Browne is the first black woman to write, produce and direct a feature film in Canada. Born in St. Kitts in the Caribbean, Browne moved with her family to Canada in 1970. She spent her formative years in Regent Park, Canada’s oldest and largest low-income community. It was in this Toronto community where the seeds of Browne’s filmmaker career were planted. She participated and then led the Regent Park Video workshop project and contributed to the production of many documentary videos about the community. It was during this time Browne decided to go to film school. She attended the film program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. After leaving Ryerson, she worked for a small film company before starting her own production company, Syncopated Productions in 1990. Her first two films, Brothers in Music and No Choices, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1991 and launched Browne’s film career. From that time onward she has consistently produced heartfelt work that has tackled hard-hitting difficult topics such as poverty and abortion. She has worked independently and has also done projects with the National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. Her films have won numerous awards and have been screened and broadcast all over the world. In 1999 Browne completed her first dramatic feature, Another Planet, and became the first Black woman to direct and write a feature film in Canada. Most recently Browne completed Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language, an extensive documentary series that looks at the history of language from prehistoric time to the present day, for which she received the Women's International Film & Television Showcase Foundation Best Documentary Award 2011.
Dr. the Right Honourable Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds was a founding member of the People's Action Movement party. He was Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis from 21 February 1980, until the twin-island state gained independence from the United Kingdom on 19 September 1983. Upon Independence, he became the first Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and as such has been hailed as "The Father of the Nation." Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds was born on 12 April 1936 in Basseterre to parents, Ms. Brontie Clarke and Mr. Arthur Simmonds. In 1945, by virtue of his outstanding performance in the primary school entrance examination, he was awarded a Scholarship to the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School. Those were not the days when education was either free or easily available, and the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School was looked upon as a sort of preserve for the offspring of the well off. So unless you were bright enough or lucky enough to win one of the few Scholarships that got you in to receive your Secondary Education, you were left out. Kennedy Simmonds won himself that opportunity due to his hard work and intelligence, and it is said that he made full use of his Secondary School years. In fact, he was one of the youngest pupils ever to be admitted to the Grammar School. At the age of nine, he was a good two years below the average of those accepted.
Thomas Mathews was an American Revolutionary War general and Virginia politician. He represented Norfolk Borough in the Virginia House of Delegates, and served as that body's Speaker from 1782 until 1793. Thomas Mathews was born c. 1742 on Saint Kitts, an island of the West Indies. He was appointed brigadier general in the Virginia militia in 1776, and led a company to the Battle of Great Bridge, and later to the Battle of Yorktown. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in post-war years and after serving in house for several years was elected its Speaker in 1782, remaining as such through the 1793 legislation. He was afterward a candidate for the governorship of Virginia, but he withdrew his nomination. He was a mason, and in 1790 was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Virginia. He served as grand master until 1793, at which point the office was passed to John Marshall. Mathews County, Virginia was named for him.
Bertram Nathanial Bowery is an English former professional footballer who played in England and the United States as a striker.
William Charles Fahie
Vice-Admiral Sir William Charles Fahie KCB was a prominent British Royal Navy officer during the American War of Independence, French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. Unusually, Fahie's service was almost entirely spent in the West Indies, where he had been born and where he lived during the time he was in reserve and in his retirement. After extensive service in the Caribbean during the American War of Independence, during which Fahie impressed with his local knowledge, Fahie was in reserve between 1783 and 1793, returning to service to participate in Sir John Jervis' campaign against the French West Indian islands in 1794. Remaining in the West Indies during the following 20 years of warfare, Fahie rose through the ranks to command the ship of the line HMS Belleisle in the invasion of Martinique and HMS Pompee in the subsequent action of Action of 14–17 April 1809, capturing the French ship Haupoult. In 1810 he participated in the invasion of Guadeloupe and transferred to European waters for the first time since 1780. At the end of the war Fahie remained in service and eventually became commander-in-chief of the Leeward Islands. He retired in 1824 and was subsequently knighted, settling in Bermuda with his second wife.
Lestrod Roland is a Kittitian sprinter. He competed for the Saint Kitts and Nevis team in the 4 × 100 metres relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics; the team placed sixth in its heat with a time of 38.41 seconds and did not qualify for the final.
Dr. Simeon Daniel. He was born at Barnes Ghaut Village in Saint Thomas Lowland Parish, Nevis, West Indies to Joseph Daniel and Melvina Daniel, née Archer. He received his early education at St. Thomas’ Government Elementary School in Nevis. He entered the teaching profession as a Pupil Teacher in 1950 and attained the Leeward Island Teachers’ Certificate in 1957. Dr. Simeon Daniel began his legal tutorial at the Council of Legal Education School of Law England in 1962. While still a student he worked as a clerk at the London County Council and later as an Executive Officer, and in 1965 received a recognition grant for outstanding meritorious work from the said Institution. He continued his education at the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court in London. In 1966 he became Barrister at Law and was called to the Bar in England. He returned to Nevis in 1966 and served as Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and was admitted to the Local Bar that same year. The following year he was appointed Crown Counsel and later Registrar of the Supreme Court and Additional Magistrate in the State. He entered Private practice in 1969 in St. Kitts - Nevis.
Tishan Hanley is a Kittitian soccer player who currently plays for Ocala Stampede in the USL Premier Development League.
Desmond Randolph Chumney is a Canadian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. He has played 13 One Day Internationals for Canada, including the 2003 World Cup. He has also played in three ICC Intercontinental Cup matches, three ICC Trophy tournaments and the 2004 ICC Americas Championship. Is regarded by many as the backbone of the Canadian batting line up, along with run machine Ian Billcliff
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Delwayne Delaney is a Saint Kitts and Nevis sprinter who specializes in the 100 metres. Individually, he competed at the 2004 World Indoor Championships without progressing from the first round. With the Saint Kitts and Nevis 4 x 100 metres relay team he finished fifth at the 2003 Central American and Caribbean Championships. His personal best times are 10.31 seconds in the 100 metres and 20.83 seconds in the 200 metres, both achieved in July 2007 in San Salvador.
Burt Caesar is an actor and television director.
Tristan Benjamin is a former English footballer who played the majority of his career in defence for Notts County. Benjamin joined County as an apprentice and signed professional for them in March 1975. He made 311 league appearances for County, before moving to Chesterfield at the end of the 1987 season. After a season at Chesterfield he moved on again playing semi-professional football for Shepshed Charterhouse, Corby Town and Sutton Town.
Sir Clement Athelston Arrindell GCMG GCVO QC was Governor of Saint Kitts and Nevis from 1981 to 1983 and Governor-General upon the island's independence in 1983. He held the position until 1995. Arrindell was born in Basseterre, trained as a barrister at Lincoln's Inn, and was a magistrate on his home island from 1964, before becoming a judge of the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court in 1978 and then governor in 1981.
Codville Leon Rogers is a West Indian cricketer from Sandy Point, St. Kitts. A left–hand batsman, Rogers played three first–class matches for St. Kitts and the Leeward Islands from 2003 to 2007.
Sarah Mae Manning
Sarah Mae Manning was the mother of Louis Farrakhan.
Carl McArthur Tuckett is a former West Indian cricketer who played one One Day International in 1998. He represented Leeward Islands in the West Indian domestic circuit. He is a right arm medium fast bowler and a useful later order batsman who can score effectively. In his only ODI, he has an impressive figure of 8-0-41-2 against England at Queen's Park Oval, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad - on 08/04/1998. In that match, he dismissed Alec Stewart and Graeme Hick.
Fatisha Anita Imo was crowned Miss World Saint Kitts and Nevis 2010. She represented the country at Miss World 2010. She is a student of accounting and Spanish at Midwestern State University. The last representative from St. Kitts and Nevis in Miss World before Imo was Haley Cassius in 1988. Cassius is Imo's godmother.
Joseph Nathaniel France
Joseph Nathaniel France, KCMG, CBE was a Saint Kitts and Nevis trade union leader and politician. He served as a representative in the National Assembly, Minister of Social Services under Chief Minister Paul Southwell, and was General Secretary for the St. Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union. In 2004 France was posthumously granted the title of National Hero by the National Assembly and is honoured annually on National Heroes Day.
Meritzer Williams is a Saint Kitts and Nevis sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres. She was born in Charlestown. Her personal best times are 11.57 seconds in the 100 metres, achieved in May 2008 in Provo; and 22.96 seconds in the 200 metres, achieved in June 2008 in Basseterre.
Derick Recaldo Parry played 12 Tests and six One Day Internationals for the West Indies.
Tonito Akanni Willett, born 6 February 1983 in Nevis, is a West Indian cricketer who plays first-class and List A cricket for the Leeward Islands. He is the son of Elquemedo Willett, brother of Akito Willett and the cousin of Stuart Williams.
John Willett Payne
John Willett Payne was an officer of the Royal Navy who also served as a close friend, advisor and courtier to Prince George before and during his first regency. Payne was notorious as a rake and scoundrel, but was also a Member of Parliament and noted for his bravery in several military actions during the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary Wars. Out of favour in his later years, Payne was reconciled with the Prince in 1799, but died whilst still in the service aged 51, from an illness which developed during blockade operations in the Western Approaches.
Elquemedo Tonito Willett is a former West Indian cricketer who played in five Tests from 1973 to 1974. He made his first-class debut for Leeward Islands in 1970-71 at the age of 17, and played his last match in the 1988-89 season. He took 8 for 73 and 3 for 44 for the West Indians against Glamorgan in 1973. During New Zealand's tour of the West Indies in 1972, Willett was considered the best of the many left-arm finger-spinners the New Zealanders faced. Willett's nephew Stuart Williams has played many Tests and ODIs for the West Indies. His sons, Tonito and Akito Willett also play first-class cricket.
Football team manager
Jeffrey Hazel is a head coach of Saint Kitts and Nevis national football team.
Hugh Anthony Rawlins
Sir Hugh Anthony Rawlins is the former Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; he succeeded Brian George Keith Alleyne in the position in 2008 and served until 2012. He had previously served as High Court Judge on the Court, residing in and hearing cases from Saint Kitts and Nevis in that capacity since 2005. As Chief Justice of the Court, Rawlins was the supreme judicial officer of the courts of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Rawlins is native of Saint Kitts and Nevis, having been born on Nevis. From 1989 to 1995, he was the Solicitor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Prior to his appointment to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Rawlins had been a magistrate in Saint Kitts and Nevis.
David Parry was a Nevisian cricketer who played a single match for the Leeward Islands during the 1958 season. Little is known of Parry's life, other than that he originated from the town of Cotton Ground in Saint Thomas Lowland Parish. Having previously represented Nevis in several inter-island matches, he first played for the Leeward Islands in a match against the touring Pakistanis in February 1958. Parry's only match at first-class level came in July of the same year, in a match against Jamaica held at Melbourne Park, Kingston. Although usually considered an all-rounder, he scored a pair batted in the lower order during both innings of the match, and failed to take a wicket. Parry's nephew, Derick Parry, later played for the West Indies at both Test and One Day International level.
Joseph Junior Williams is a Nevisian cricketer who has played two Twenty20 matches for Nevis. Born on the island, Williams represented the Leeward Islands under-15 team at the 2004–05 West Indies Under-15 Tournament, playing five matches as a left-arm orthodox spinner. Aged 18, he went on to play both matches for Nevis in the 2008 edition of the Stanford 20/20 competition, which featured 21 teams from around the Caribbean region. In the first match, against Montserrat, Williams conceded 21 runs from his two overs without taking a wicket, and in the second match, against Jamaica, he conceded 17 runs from three overs, again without taking a wicket. Williams did not get an opportunity to bat in either match, which were to be the last two matches played by Nevis at Twenty20 level. However, later in 2008, he did go on to play two matches against the touring Marylebone Cricket Club, for a Nevis under-19 side and a Nevis "Pro XI".
Shashi Isaac is a football player from Saint Kitts & Nevis. He is a member of Saint Kitts and Nevis national football team and plays for Newtown United FC. His elder cousin, George, also plays for Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Nesta Maurice Garry Piper is a West Indian cricketer. Piper is a right-handed batsman. He was born on Saint Kitts, but later moved to Montserrat. Piper appeared for a West Indies Development XI against Canada Under-19s in 2000. The following year he played three matches at Under-19 level for the Leeward Islands. In 2006, Montserrat were invited to take part in the 2006 Stanford 20/20, whose matches held official Twenty20 status. Piper made his Twenty20 debut for Montserrat in their first-round match against Guyana, with their first-class opponents winnings the match by 8 wickets. Piper scored 11 runs opening the batting, before he was dismissed by Narsingh Deonarine. This was his only major appearance for Montserrat.
Tiran Hanley is a Sain Kitts and Nevis football player who currently plays for Alpha United FC.
Javeim Blanchette is a Saint Kitts and Nevis football player.
Mowbray Berkeley was an actor.
St. Clair L. Palmer
St. Clair L. Palmer was a member of the musical group, Sweet Sensation.