His Excellency Sir Daniel Charles
Williams, GCMG, QC
Former Governor-General of Grenada
Sir Daniel Charles Williamsbecame Grenada’s fourth Governor-General on 8 August 1996 and served until 18 November 2008.
Early life and education
Sir Daniel was born on 4 November 1935 in the parish of St. David, Grenada. In 1952-1958 Sir Williams began his career as a school teacher in Grenada rising to Deputy Principal. Following his role as Deputy Principal, he migrated to the United Kingdom in 1959 where he worked as an assistant Machine Operator in London England (1959-1960) and as a British Civil Servant. In 1965, he began to study Law in London, England where he obtained his L.L.B. degree from London University in 1967 and in 1968 was awarded Barrister-at-Law Certificate from the Council of Legal Education, Lincoln's Inn, London, England.
Sir Daniel worked in private practice in Grenada from 1968 until he took up the post of a Magistrate in St. Lucia during the years 1970-74, before returning to private practice in Grenada.
Sir Daniel is the first and only Governor-General who had an active political life before assuming the position. He was successful at the polls when Grenada returned to Constitutional rule in 1984 and from 1984-89 he served as Minister for Health, Housing and the Environment. He later served as Minister for Community Development and Women's Affairs, acted as Prime Minister, Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General.
In 1990 Sir Daniel returned to private law practice specializing in civil and corporate law until 1996 when he was appointed one of Her Majesty's Queen's Counsel (QC) and was later given the position of Governor-General of Grenada in August of that same year.
Sir Daniel Williams is the founder head of the firm, Danny Williams & Co. and is an international legal consultant.
Sir Daniel has authored several books, a booklet and has other publications to his credit. He is Author of the Booklet The Office and Duties of the Governor-General of Grenada 1998, Index of the Laws of Grenada 1959-1979, Compendium of the Laws of Grenada 1985 (Incorporated in Vol.7 of Modern Legal Systems Cyclopaedia Central America and the Caribbean, General Editor Professor Kenneth Robert Redden of University of Virginia U.S.A.). He is also the Author of the following books: A Synoptic View of the Public Service of Grenada 1999, Prescription for a Model Grenada 2000, God Speaks 2001, The Layman’s Lawbook 2002, The Love of God 2004 and Government of the Global Village 2007.
Sir Daniel is the co-founder of the Grenada Carriacou & Petite Martinique Foundation For Needy Students Inc., a charitable body incorporated in Grenada and the US with the primary purpose being to assist with the education of the less fortunate students. He has varied interests and was Chief Scout and Deputy Commissioner of the Scout Movement. He was the first Chairman of the Diocesan Pastoral Council of the Roman Catholic Church; Member of the Catholic Board of Management. He was also the Charter President of the Vieux Fort Lions Club, St. Lucia; and the past President of the St. George’s Lions Club, Grenada.
Honours and awards
In 1997, Sir Daniel was Knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Order of Knight Grand Cross of the most distinguished order of St. Michael and St. George (GCMG).