Rhodesian Prime Minister Godfrey Huggins ALS

One page autographed letter undated and signed by Godfrey Huggins. Paper and signature are in good condition.

Godfrey Martin Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern , CH , KCMG , PC , ( July 6 , 1883 - May 8 , 1971 ) was a Rhodesian politician and physician. He was educated at Malvern College and St. Thomas's Hospital , London .

After practicing medicine and training as a surgeon in London , Huggins emigrated to Salisbury , Southern Rhodesia in 1911 . He served in the armed forces as a surgeon in the First World War. He entered politics in 1923 and was elected to the Legislative Council of the colony upon its creation. He became Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia in 1933 when his Reform Party won that year's general election. (The Reform Party subsequently merged with the Rhodesian Party to form the United Party ). Huggins won successive elections and was knighted in 1941 by King George VI .

Southern Rhodesia and its neighbours were crown colonies of the United Kingdom . Huggins became an advocate of federating several of the colonies so that they would become an independent state within the British Empire while maintaining white minority rule with only a small number of educated Blacks having the vote in addition to white settlers. As a result of his effort the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was created in 1953 uniting
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