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.