Solomon Hochoy

His Excellency

Solomon Hochoy
Governor General of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
31 August 1962  15 September 1972
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Eric Williams
Succeeded by Ellis Clarke
Personal details
Born (1905-04-20)20 April 1905
British Jamaica
Died 15 November 1983(1983-11-15) (aged 78)
Blanchisseuse, Trinidad and Tobago
Nationality Trinidadian
Spouse(s) Thelma Huggins

HE Sir Solomon Hochoy GCMG GCVO OBE (20 April 1905 – 15 November 1983) was a Trinidadian politician. He was the last British governor of Trinidad and Tobago and the first governor-general upon the country's independence in 1962. He was the first non-white governor of a British crown colony and the first ethnically Chinese and nationally Caribbean person to become governor-general in the Commonwealth.

Life and career

Of Hakka Chinese background, his family emigrated to Trinidad when he was two years old and he grew up in Blanchisseuse. After rising through the civil service, Hochoy was appointed the first non-white Governor in the entire British Empire in 1960 (the first West Indian to be Governor).

When Trinidad and Tobago became independent in 1962 Hochoy was appointed Governor General. He retired from that position in 1972 and was succeeded by Ellis Clarke. After retirement he returned to Blanchisseuse where he spent the remainder of his life.


He was married to Thelma Huggins, a social activist.


The Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway and the Solomon Hochoy Trophy (for football) are named in his honour.


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Edward Betham Beetham
Governor of Trinidad and Tobago
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Governor-General of Trinidad and Tobago
Succeeded by
Ellis Clarke

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