The Honourable Headley Washington Cunningham, OJ
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Jamaica
Headley Washington Cunningham was a Jamaican lawyer, politician and former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Early life and education
Headley Washington Cunningham was born on 12 October 1929, in Darliston, Westmoreland, Jamaica. He was the youngest of three children for his parents, Frank Cunningham and Estella Maxwell. He attended Cornwall College in Montego Bay, St James.
After he graduated from school, he worked as an accountant at the Public Works Department in Kingston before he went off to pursue a law degree in England.
Cunningham began his legal career in 1967, eventually serving as president of the Cornwall Bar Association.
Cunningham was a former Member of Parliament for North East Westmoreland. In his sole general election outing as a candidate for the People's National Party (PNP) , Cunningham beat the Jamaica Labour Party's Astil Sangster by 2,898 votes. He served as Speaker of the House of Representatives of Jamaica from 1989 to 1993.
He served as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from 1992 to 1993 and was a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the South African elections in 1991.
Cunningham also served as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from 1992 to 1993 and served as a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group to South Africa during the 1991 elections. He appointed a member of the Privy Council of Jamaica in 1998.
Honours and awards
In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Jamaica (OJ) for outstanding service in the field of Law.
Cunningham died on 22 September 2018.
He was 88 He was accorded an Official Funeral at the Mt Carey Baptist Church in Anchovy, St James, Jamaica on 26 October 2018. His body was interred in the churchyard at Mt Carey.