David Marshall became S’pore’s first chief minister 62 years ago. His appointment document looks like this.
He was also a founding father.
62 years ago, on Apr. 6 1955, David Marshall, who had been a top criminal lawyer, became colonial Singapore’s first elected chief minister. He was the leader of the political party known as the Labour Front.
Here is the official document of Marshall’s appointment as chief minister:
Marshall would hold office till Jun. 7 1956, when he resigned, after failing to secure self-government for Singapore from the British in the first Merdeka talks in London.
On Nov. 7, 1957, Marshall founded the Workers’ Party (WP). The party turns 60 this year.
Here is a campaign card used by him in the 1961 Anson by-election, which he contested under the WP and won:
In his later years, Marshall would serve as Singapore’s first ambassador to France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland from 1978 to 1993.
Top image from National Museum of Singapore Facebook.
Read more about David Marshall and the Worker’s Party’s 60th anniversary here: