Governor-General of the West Indies Federation

Governor-General of the West Indies Federation

Style His Excellency The Right Honourable
Appointer Queen of the United Kingdom
Formation 3 January 1958
First holder The Baron Hailes
Final holder The Baron Hailes
Abolished 31 May 1962

The following is a list of the Governors-General of the West Indies Federation (also known as the British Caribbean Federation), consisting of Antigua (with Barbuda), Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks & Caicos Islands. The Federation was formed on 3 January 1958, and was formally dissolved on 31 May 1962.

The Governor-General was constitutionally required to take advice from the Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation, but was by far the more powerful and prestigious of the two positions, containing almost all executive authority within the government and containing powers far beyond that of governors-general in the Dominions.[1]

Governor-General of the West Indies Federation (1958–1962)

Took office Left office Name
3 January 1958 31 May 1962 The Lord Hailes
The only Governor-General of the West Indies Federation


  1. The Growth of the Modern West Indies. Gordon K. Lewis, Ian Randle Publishers, 2004. Pp. 386-90.

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