Sir Orville Turnquest
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Excellency Sir Orville Turnquest, G.C.M.G., Q.C., was sworn in as the fifth Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on January 3, 1995, succeeding His
Excellency Sir Clifford Darling.
...Sir Orville Turnquest, who once served as Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Free National Movement government, has had an illustrious career as a barrister-at-law and counsel and attorney.He became Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs on September 1, 1993, having served as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs since August 21, 1992.
...Sir Orville Turnquest was called to The Bahamas Bar on June 26, 1953. [He was called to the Inner Bar in January 1993.] He earned a bachelor of laws degree with honours at the University of London between 1957 and 1960, and was admitted to the English Bar in July, 1960, after successfully writing his Bar Examinations as a member of Lincoln's Inn, London.
...Sir Orville Turnquest also served as Secretary-General of the Progressive Liberal Party from 1960 until 1962 and served as a Member of Parliament for the South Central Constituency of New Providence from 1962 until 1967 as a representative of the Progressive Liberal Party; he was Opposition Leader in the Senate from 1972 to 1979 and appointed Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement in 1987.He also served as Chairman and Treasurer of the Party.
In the General Election in June 1982, he
won the Montague seat.He
retained the seat in the following two general elections, including that of August 19, 1992, when the FNM ousted the PLP
from office.He was a delegate at The Bahamas Constitutional Conferences in London, England, in 1963 and 1972, He was also a Bahamian delegate at a conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in New Delhi in 1976, and an observer at a 1983 CPA Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.Sir Orville Turnquest is Chancellor of the Diocese of Nassau and The Bahamas, including the Turks and Caicos Islands, and serves on several executive bodies of the Anglican Church, including the Diocesan Council and the Diocesan Finance Committee.He
is a member of the Anglican Central Education Authority, the Bahamas National Committee
of United World Colleges, and the boards of governors of St. John's College
and St. Anne's High School
.He has also served as a member of the Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of the West Indies and on several of its executive committees, including the Provincial Standing Committee, the Commission on Theological Education, the Canons Revision Committee, and the Anglican Conference of North America and the Caribbean.He is a former Director of Education and Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge.He is also a former member of the Airports Board. Sir Orville Turnquest
married Edith Louise Thompson on February 19, 1955.
...They have two daughters and a son,Caryl Antoinette Eileen Lashley, a barrister-at-law; Michele Cecile Edith Fields, a chartered accountant; and Orville Alton Thompson Turnquest, a bank officer who won the Mount Moriah House of Assembly seat in the August 19, 1992, general election and was a Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the former Prime Minister, the Rt.