Patrick Vincent Joseph Solomon was born in 1910 in Port-of-Spain. Solomon attended Tranquility Boys Intermediate School where he met Eric Williams. He later attended St. Mary's College where he won the island scholarship for Science in 1928. This scholarship afforded him the opportunity to attend medical school. He studied at Queens University in Ireland and graduated in 1934.

After practicing medicine overseas, Solomon returned to Trinidad in 1943 where he continued as a medical professional before entering into politics. He was the founder of the Caribbean Socialist Party and fought elections in 1946, 1950, 1956 and 1961. His high public standing as a man of integrityand his experience as a member of the Legislative Council led Dr. Williams to entice him to join the People National Movement (PNM) in 1956. He was on of the architects of the Independence movement and served as Deputy Premier and Deputy Political Leader of the PNM.

Solomon as served in a number of Ministries including the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of External Affairs. He was the first Minister of Home Affairs now called the Ministry of National Security. He also held a number of diplomatic portfolios including Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly and finally as the High Commisioner of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Kingdom. Dr. Solomon died in 1997 at the age of 87.


 

 

 


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