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Ptolemy Reid


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Updated: 2017-08-05T20:16Z
Ptolemy Reid
Ptolemy Reid.jpg
2nd Prime Minister of Guyana
In office
6 October 1980 – 16 August 1984
PresidentForbes Burnham
Preceded byForbes Burnham
Succeeded byDesmond Hoyte
Personal details
Born(1918-05-08)8 May 1918
Dartmouth, Guyana
Died2 September 2003(2003-09-02) (aged 91)
East Coast Demerara, Guyana
Political partyPeople's National Congress
Alma materTuskegee University

Ptolemy Alexander Reid (May 8, 1918 in Dartmouth, Guyana[1] – September 2, 2003) was a Guyanese veterinarian and politician who served as Prime Minister of Guyana from 1980 to 1984.

Reid studied veterinary medicine at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, but could not find employment in British Guiana,[2] so he moved to England where he became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and then practiced in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.[3] He returned to Guyana in 1958, and became involved in politics in 1960 when he joined the People's National Congress. He ran for office in 1961, hoping to represent the constituency of Pomeroon-Supenaam, but was unsuccessful.[4]

When Forbes Burnham took power in 1964, Reid became a member of Burnham's cabinet, where he served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs (1967-?), of Trade (1967); of Finance (1967–70); of Agriculture (1970-72); and of Agriculture and National Development (1972–74).[4] In 1980, when Burnham resigned as Prime Minister to become President, Reid took his place.

References

  1. ^ Hundreds in Georgetown bid farewell to `the Elder Statesman’, by Linda Rutherford, in the Guyana Chronicle;' published September 7, 2003; archived at Land Of Six Peoples; retrieved November 13, 2016
  2. ^ Former Prime Minister Dr Ptolemy Reid dies, at Stabroek News; published September 7, 2003; archived at Land Of Six Peoples; retrieved November 13, 2016
  3. ^ Ptolemy Reid passes on, by Ruel Johnson, at the Guyana Chronicle; published September 4, 2003; archived at Land Of Six Peoples; retrieved November 13, 2016
  4. ^ a b Obituary: Ptolemy Reid: The last hard man, at Stabroek News; published September 7, 2003; archived at Land Of Six Peoples; retrieved November 13, 2016

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Political offices
Preceded by
Forbes Burnham
Prime Minister of Guyana
1980 – 1984
Succeeded by
Desmond Hoyte
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