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Who is Suriname's father or founder?


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January 18, 2010 7:19PM

No one officially has the title of Father or Founder of Suriname. But Dr. Johan Henri Eliza Ferrier (May 12, 1910 - January 4, 2010) comes the closest.

Specifically, in 1999 Dr. Ferrier was named as Suriname's Politician of the Century. Dr. Ferrier served as the last Governor of the Autonomous Region of Suriname from August 12, 1968 to the date of Suriname's independence, November 25, 1975. Dr. Ferrier became the first President of the Republic of Suriname (President van de Republiek Suriname) on November 25, 1975. He resigned as President on August 13, 1980 six months after military officers staged a successful coup.