Sir Samuel Herbert Wilson

In 1921, on the recommendation of the then colonial secretary, Winston Churchill, Wilson was appointed governor of the colony of Trinidad and Tobago, and at the same time appointed KBE. The colony was at the time enjoying a period of political calm and relative prosperity. Wilson's governorship was marked by preparations for constitutional change to provide for the election, under a limited franchise, of seven members to the legislative council, hitherto entirely nominated, a change that only came into effect after Wilson's departure. A football enthusiast, Wilson offered a 'Wilson cup' for a competition which proved hotly contested and did much to improve the standard of Trinidad football in the second half of the 1920s. He was a popular governor and on his departure the local bishop preached a sermon of which the text was 'the smile of the Governor'.

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