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Norman Washington Manley Came to the forefront of Jamaica's civic life at a crucial point in the country's history, in the thirties. When the very fabric of Jamaica's society seemed likely to be rent apart. Manley was, before he involved himself in public life, Jamaica's leading lawyer, wealthy with a large private practise, counting many of the major commercial enterprises of Jamaica among his clients. Professor Sir Arthur Lewis said of Manley: "The developing world needs more leaders like Norman Manley, When he went into public life he had a large private practise, and was a wealthy man. When he left public life twenty-five years later, he had to sell the family estate to take care of his family. We need more leaders like Norman Manley, people who put in far more than they take out!" In 1938 Jamaica was going through great social unrest, workers were on strike, and the general mood between workers and businesses was ugly and confrontational. Manley had been representing the West Indies Sugar Company at Frome at a Commission of Enquiry on 23 May, when he received a telegram which read: "Riot—come back.", it is suspected it was sent from his wife Edna. In his diary of 24 May, Manley wrote "...Knots of silent sullen people waiting in an ugly frame of mind. I did not like at all what I saw. Then I heard there was trouble at the Fire Brigade and set off to go there, when I heard that they were to strike that afternoon and that Bustamante had gone there to address them, when he and his faithful friend of those days, St. William Grant, had been arrested...Near the fire brigade I saw a few people I knew very well and paused to talk, when Audley Morias (a wealthy businessman) rushed up and besought me, almost with tears in his eyes, to go and talk with the men in the Fire Brigade for God knows what would happen if they did go on strike. Eventually I went and met nearly all the men actually at Brigade H.Q. I heard all sorts of complaints and spoke to the men, promising to go and see the Mayor Dr. Anderson and K.A.S.C. officials and to take up the matter till I got a final settlement. My intervention was welcomed by the men who knew me well, at least by name, and I dashed off to see the Mayor and set up a conference with the Brigade for the next day. I saw nothing that could not be cleared up in the conference and indeed so it turned out." It was Norman Manley 's good sense and powers of persuasion that saved the day for Jamaica. His integrity won concessions from employers for the benefit of the ordinary workers, and in what was a very rare case he was trusted by both the workers and employers, who relied both on his legal expertise and inane common sense. Norman Manley went on to found Jamaica's first political party, the Peoples National Party, and his son Michael was to become Prime Minister of Jamaica and served Jamaica as distinctively as his father.