The seventh Governor-General of the Bahamas, Arthur Dion Hanna died on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis remembered him as a Bahamian giant who fought for all.
“As a boy and then as a young man growing up, I will remember A.D. Hanna, especially his belief in the talents and gifts of Bahamians. He possessed a progressive soul and spirit.
“I remember him constantly fighting for opportunities for all Bahamians in every sector of society.
“This fight for opportunity continues. We are grateful for his service and for his enduring example.
Who was A.D Hanna
- He served as GG from 2006 to 2012.
- He helped to form the first majority rule government in 1967.
- Hanna was known as one of the Founding Fathers of the nation helping to fight for equality and social justice throughout his life.
- Hanna served in the Cabinet as Finance, Education, Home Affairs and Trade and Industry ministers.
- He was Deputy Prime Minister for many years during successive administrations of Sir Lynden Pindling.
- He was an attorney and joined the Progressive Liberal Party after returning from law school in the United Kingdom.
- He served as the PLP’s Deputy Leader for many years.
- He was a Member of Parliament for 32 years and Government Leader in the House of Assembly from 1967 to 1984, and a member of the House from 1960 to 1992, serving Anne’s Town Constituency.
- He fought for majority rule and independence and Bahamianization.
- Hanna loved boating, fishing and farming.
- He was the father of Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin.