Sir Charles Patrick John Coghlan, was a lawyer and politician who served as Premier of Southern Rhodesia from 1 October 1923 to his death. Having led the responsible government movement in the territory during the latter days of Company rule, he was Southern Rhodesia’s first head of government after it became a self-governing colony within the British Empire. Born, raised and educated in South Africa, of Irish descent, Coghlan moved to Bulawayo in 1900 to practise as a lawyer. He was elected to the Southern Rhodesian Legislative Council in 1908, representing the Western electoral district. Over the next decade he supported the renewal of the British South Africa Company’s royal charter to administer the Rhodesias, and opposed Southern Rhodesia’s amalgamation with either Northern Rhodesia or the Union of South Africa. He led a delegation to London to discuss responsible government in 1921, and two years later Southern Rhodesia became a self-governing colony.
|Born:||Charles Patrick John Coghlan, Jun 24, 1863, King William’s Town, British Kaffraria (today South Africa)|
|Died:||Aug 28, 1927, Southern Rhodesia|
|Political party:||Rhodesia Party|
|Alma mater:||South African College, Cape Town|
|Preceded by:||Sir Francis Chaplin (Administrator)|
|Succeeded by:||Howard Unwin Moffat|
About Charles Coghlan
Politician who was the first Premier of Southern Rhodesia, holding office from 1923 until his death in 1927. He notably helped Southern Rhodesia achieve the status of self-governing Colony within the British Empire.
He came to Rhodesia in 1900 to practice as a lawyer.
He supported the renewal of the British South Africa Company’s Charter in 1914.
His parents raised him in King William’s Town in South Africa.
He and Abba Eban were both politicians from South Africa.
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