Dr. Simeon Daniel

Charlestown, Nevis: The first Premier of Nevis, Dr. Simeon Daniel, has passed away. WINN FM understands that Dr. Daniel who died Sunday afternoon had been ailing for some time. The late Daniel was among the founding members of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) in 1970 and became the first premier in 1983 when St. Kitts and Nevis gained independence. WINN FM spoke to deputy premier Hensley Daniel Sunday evening at the news of his passing.

Simeon Daniel better known as ‘Sim’ Daniel to locals, served as Chairman of the Local Council from 1972 to 1980 and was elected to the National Assembly in May 1975 and February 1980. Born August 22, 1934 at Barnes Ghaut Village in St. Thomas’ Parish, to Joseph Daniel and Melvina Daniel, nee Archer, Dr. Daniel 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. Daniel began his legal tutorial at the Council of Legal Education School of Law England in 1962. While still a student (1960-1966) 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.

Following the formation of the Coalition Government of the People’s Action Movement of St. Kitts and the Nevis Reformation Party, Mr. Simeon Daniel assumed the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Nevis Affairs on February 19, 1980. He gained Home Rule for Nevis under the Independence Constitution in September 1983.

He established the Bank of Nevis Ltd. in 1985. He founded Daniel, Brantley & Associates law firm that represents numerous businesses and individuals in St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla and throughout the region and internationally. (Some info from wikipedia.com)


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