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Sir Grantley Adams Father of the Social Revolution, and first and only Prime Minister of West Indian Federation, was born in Barbados in 1898. Grantley Adams the son of a headmaster, excelled in his studies as a boy, and by the time he was eighteen spoke and wrote Greek, Latin and French as well as he did English. He won the Barbados Scholarship in 1918, and proceeded to Oxford University where he read the classics and jurisprudence. Grantley was politically active in England with the Liberal Party and impressed them with his scholarship abilities. He returned to Barbados in 1925 after passing his Bar finals at Gray's Inn. Upon his return to Barbados he found himself at odds with the leading members of the island. Charles Duncan O'Neal and Clennell Wickham, espoused socialism, which Grantley was opposing. To his credit Grantley came to realise that the gentlemen's programme was worthy of support, and from the moment he was elected to the House of Assembly in 1934 he joined the progressive movement. Thereafter his eloquence, dynamism and sharp intellect propelled him to the forefront of the movement. This while it made him popular with the populace, lost him much revenue from legal briefs of the white plantocrasy, who dominated the economic and political life of the island. It was not easy as he faced fierce opposition, which expressed itself in personal threats to him and his family, persons who would frequently drive by his home at night and shoot live bullets at his house. Grantley was above intimidation and carried out his plans, getting the qualifications for voting lowered in 1944, and universal adult suffrage, introduced in 1951. Grantley's devotion to the cause of the workers was very unfashionable at the time, but he made such an impression that he was chosen as a British delegate to attend an international Labour Conference in Paris. He also found time to found the Barbados Labour Party, which working in close conjunction with the Barbados Workers Union, conducted a revolutionary change in the control and transfer of political power, from the hands of a few rich planters and merchants to the ordinary masses. He won regional recognition when he was elected President of the Caribbean Labour Congress in 1947. One of the remarkable traits of Grantley Adams, was his lack of acrimony and his willingness to conciliate. The same plantocrasy whom he sought so mightily to rest power from, he was quick to praise, for their strong commitment to the land and how they readily responded to calls to increase food production in the national interest. Sir Grantley Adams as leader of the Barbados Labour Party was set to become Premier of Barbados, but he never made Prime Minister, although his son Tom Adams did. Nevertheless his achievements were extraordinary, and were it not for his personal intervention, dedication and leadership qualities it is extremely doubtful that after the riots in the thirties, power would have been transferred from the few to the masses, without the shedding of much innocent blood. Much of Barbados that is enjoyed today, including the strong economy and social and political stability, are there because Sir Grantley Adams laid foundations sure and true.