Posted On: Thursday, 31 May 2012 Last Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2012
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Dr. Simeon Daniel (August 22 1934-May 27 2012). He was born at Barnes Ghaut Village in Saint Thomas Lowland Parish, Nevis, West Indies to Joseph Daniel and Melvina Daniel, nee Archer. He 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. Simeon 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.
Mr. Simeon Daniel was among the founding members of a political party called the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) in 1970.
He served as Chairman of the Local Council from 1972 to 1980 and was elected to the National Assembly in May 1975 and February 1980. Following the formation of the historic Coalition Government of the People’s Action Movement of St. Kitts and the Nevis Reformation Party, Mr. Simeon Daniel assumed the Honourable Port Folios of Minister of Finance and Nevis Affairs on February 19th, 1980. He gained Home Rule for Nevis under the Independence Constitution in September 1983.
Dr. Simeon Daniel was the first Premier of Nevis from September 19, 1983 (Independence Day) to 2 June 1992. His successor was Vance Amory after his party CCM won the election in 1992.
He established the Bank of Nevis Ltd. in 1985.
Daniel, Brantley & Associates is a full service law firm that represents numerous businesses and individuals in St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla and throughout the region and internationally.
The Firm was founded by Dr. Simeon Daniel and was joined by Mark Brantley in 1996.
Doctor of Laws (Honorary), Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna International University Foundation, 1987; Albert Einstein Bronze Medal for Peace, Albert Einstein Bronze International Academy Foundation, 1987;
International Order of Merit Medal by the International Biographic Centre of Cambridge England in 2000;
The International Biographic Centre of Cambridge England inducted him in their hall of fame for outstanding work in the field of Government in 2005.
Award of Commendation as Founder and Supporter of Bank Of Nevis Ltd.
Dr, Simeon Daniel retired but remained as Senior Partner and consultant in the firm of Daniel, Brantley and Associates, St.kitts and Nevis.
1st Premier of Nevis
19 September 1983 – 2 June 1992
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Vance Amory
22 August 1934
Barnes Ghaut, Saint Thomas Lowland Parish, Nevis
Died 27 May 2012 (aged 77)
Nevis Reformation Party
Inner Temple of the Inns of Court in London
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