John (Johan) Henri Eliza Ferrier Ferrier (1910 - 2010) was the last governor of Suriname, and then became its first president in 1975. Ferrier was a teacher, a trade union leader and a radio pioneer. In 1946 he helped start the National Party of Suriname.
Suriname was a Dutch colony, and Ferrier was made an adviser to the Minister of Education. In 1968 he was made Governor of Suriname. The country became independent on November 25, 1975, and Ferrier was made the first President of Suriname. The government was overthrown by a military coup in 1980, led by Desi Bouterse.
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- "First President of Suriname Johan Ferrier Dies". repeatingislands.com. http://repeatingislands.com/2010/01/04/first-president-of-suriname-johan-ferrier-dies/. Retrieved 5 January 2011.