Carlton Elisha Francis United States Bahamas Scotland

Biography of Carlton Elisha Francis

Carlton Elisha Francis enrolled at the University of Glasgow in 1956 to gain a Bachelor of Education, taking classes in Advanced Education, Advanced Psychology and Educational Institutions of Administration. He came to Scotland from his native Bahamas in order to study at the universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh in addition to the University of Glasgow.

After returning to the Bahamas, Francis had a long career in education as the Head Teacher and Principal of many schools in New Providence. In addition, he helped to found the Trade Union Congress and was President of the Bahamas Teachers Union for some years.

Francis developed an interest in politics and after some time as the First Vice Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party, was elected to Parliament in 1967. During his time in Parliament he was Minister of Finance, Minister of Education and Minister of Development respectively.

In 1978 he was ordained and served as a pastor until his resignation in 1983.

Carlton E. Francis passed away in 1985 but has since had a primary school in the Bahamas named in his honour.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • R8/5/77/5 Matriculation slips 1956-7


Carlton Elisha Francis
Born 14 January 1919.
Died 19 December 1985.
GU Degree: BEd, Arts, 1956;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: clergy; educators; politicians
English snippet: Bahamian educator and government minister
Record last updated: 22nd Apr 2014

Country Associations

United States United States, Florida, Miami
Place of Birth

Bahamas Bahamas, New Providence, Nassau
Place of Death

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student