in Dominica on 18th July 1913, Paul Southwell
was to become Prime Minister of St. Kitts-Nevis
by 1980. He had followed the route of most West
Indian politicians of that period. After being
employed in the sugar industry in 1944, he was
recruited into the labour movement and for the
next ten years he was an organiser for the St.
Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, becoming
Vice-President in 1947.
Paul Southwell was elected to the legislature
in 1952 and elected to the Executive Council in
1955. With the introduction of the ministerial
system, he became the Minister of Communications
and Works. Paul Southwell was appointed Chief
Minister, with the introduction of a full ministerial
system in 1960, and held this post until 1966.