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P.J. Patterson Edit Profile

also known as Percival James Patterson

Prime Minister of Jamaica

P.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica. Bar: Middle Temple, London 1963, Jamaica 1963, Queen's counsel 1984.


Patterson, P.J. was born on April 10, 1935. Son of Henry and Ina (James) Patterson.


Bachelor, University West Indies, 1958. Bachelor of Laws, University London, 1963. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Northeastern University, 1994.

Juris Doctor (honorary), Brown University, 1998.


Various positions People's National Party, since 1958, vice president, 1969-1980, chairman, 1983-1992. Opposition spokesman on youth-sports, community development Jamaican Senate. Member parliament for eastern Westmoreland Jamaican House of Representatives, 1970-1980, 89—.

Minister industry and tourism Government of Jamaica, Kingston, 1972-1977, minister foreign affairs, foreign trade, and tourism, 1978-1980, deputy prime minister, 1978-1980, 89-92, minister development, production, and planning, 1989-1990, minister finance, development, and planning, 1990-1992, prime minister, minister defense, 1992—2006. Chairman Caricom, 1997, sub-commission on external negotiations, group of 15, 1998-1999, group of 77 and China, 2005.


  • Bar: Middle Temple, London 1963, Jamaica 1963, Queen's counsel 1984.


2 children.

Henry Patterson

Ina (James) Patterson