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Arthur Foulkes

His Excellency
Sir Arthur Foulkes
Governor-General of the Bahamas
In office
14 April 2010 – 7 July 2014
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
Perry Christie
Preceded by Arthur Dion Hanna
Succeeded by Marguerite Pindling
Personal details
Born (1928-05-11) 11 May 1928
Matthew Town, Bahamas
Political party Progressive Liberal Party (Before 1971)
Free National Movement (1971–present)
Spouse(s) Joan Eleanor Foulkes

Sir Arthur Alexander Foulkes, GCMG (born 11 May 1928) was the Governor-General of the Bahamas from 2010 to 2014.[1]

Foulkes was elected to the

Government offices
Preceded by
Arthur Dion Hanna
Governor General of the Bahamas
Succeeded by
Marguerite Pindling
  • Bahama Islands Info: Sir Arthur Foulkes is new Governor-General

External links

  1. ^ a b "Bahamas New Governor General‏ Announced". The Bahamas Weekly. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Governor-General appointed to Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Governor General's Youth Awards: Our Patron


Sir Arthur is married to the former Joan Eleanor Bullard of Nassau.[3]

Family and personal life

Foulkes was sworn in as Governor-General of the Bahamas on 14 May 2010,[2] and retired on 7 July 2014.[1]

In 1992, Foulkes became the Bahamas' High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, serving also as ambassador to France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the European Union,[3] before becoming the first Bahamian ambassador to China and Cuba in 1999.[2][3]

In 1972, Foulkes was one of the four Opposition delegates to the Bahamas Independence Constitution Conference in London in 1972.[2]

In 1967, he was elected to Parliament and the following year appointed to serve in the Cabinet as Minister of Communications, then as Minister of Tourism.[2] He was one of the founders of the Free National Movement in 1971.[2] He was appointed to the Senate in 1972 and 1977, and re-elected to the House of Assembly in 1982.[2]

From 1962 to 1967, Sir Arthur was founding editor of Bahamian Times, the official paper of the Progressive Liberal Party, backing the campaign for majority rule, and later a columnist for Nassau Guardian and Tribune.[3]

He started his working life as a newspaper linotype operator, first at the daily newspaper Nassau Guardian, then at the competing Tribune newspaper.[3] He became a reporter for Tribune's editor Sir Étienne Dupuch, rising to become News Editor of Tribune.[3]

Viceregal styles of
Sir Arthur Foulkes
Reference style His Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Sir


Arthur Foulkes, a native of the Bahamas, was born on the island of Inagua in Matthew Town on 11 May 1928.[3] His parents were Dr William and Mrs. Julie Foulkes (née Maisonneuve).[3]

Early life


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Family and personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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