Today in History: Oliver James Seraphin Was Born
O. J. Seraphin was the Prime Minister of Dominica from June 25, 1979, until July 21, 1980.
Seraphin grew up in Roseau, and received primary and secondary education at Roseau Mixed School and Dominica Grammar School; later in life, he studied at the Carnegie Institute in the United States and in Cuba. Prior to politics, he worked in the insurance industry.
He served in the Dominica Labour Party government of Prime Minister Patrick John.
Seraphin originally held the posts of Minister of Communications, Works, and Housing, but in a cabinet reshuffling, the Prime Minister made him Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Caricom Affairs.
During this time, the Commonwealth of Dominica received its independence from the United Kingdom. When violent crowds opposed to the John government protested outside the House of Assembly, Seraphin resigned, and John did the same shortly afterward