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Leonard Williams (politician)


Leonard Williams (politician)

Leonard Williams
Governor General of Mauritius
In office
3 September 1968 – 27 December 1972
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
Preceded by John Shaw Rennie
Succeeded by Raman Osman
Personal details
Born 22 January 1904
Died 27 December 1972

Sir Arthur Leonard Williams, GCMG (22 January 1904 – 27 December 1972) was a British politician who was General Secretary of the Labour Party during the 1960s.[1]

Born in Liverpool in 1904, he began working on the steam engines of the railway as a boy, doing the dirty jobs of cleaning out the ashes and the boilers on the engines. He became involved in the union movement after WWI, rising through various positions to attain the position of General Secretary of the British Labour Party. After retiring from that post he was knighted and appointed Governor General of Mauritius in 1968 and served in that capacity until his death. He was also involved in the Scout movement. [2]

He was married to Margaret Alma I. S. Wiggins (born Oxton, England 1904). There were no children of the marriage.


  1. ^ "Mauritians defy state of emergency to greet Queen". Glasgow Herald. 25 March 1972. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Leonard Williams, Mauritius Governor". New York Times. 28 December 1972. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard T. Windle
Labour Party National Agent
Succeeded by
Sara Barker
Preceded by
Morgan Phillips
General Secretary of the Labour Party
1962 – 1968
Succeeded by
Harry Nicholas
Government offices
Preceded by
John Shaw Rennie
Governor General of Mauritius
1968 – 1972
Succeeded by
Raman Osman

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