Benjamin Sheares

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Benjamin Sheares
2nd President of Singapore
In office
2 January 1971 – 12 May 1981
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Preceded byYusof Ishak
Succeeded byDevan Nair
Personal details
Born(1907-08-12)12 August 1907
Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died12 May 1981(1981-05-12) (aged 73)
Cause of deathLung cancer
Resting placeKranji State Cemetery
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Yeo Seh Geok Sheares (m. 1939–1981)[1]
Alma materKing Edward VII College of Medicine

Benjamin Henry Sheares (12 August 1907 – 12 May 1981) was a Singaporean physician and politician. He was the second President of Singapore from 1971 until his death in 1981.[2]

Sheares died while in a coma at a hospital in Singapore from problems caused by lung cancer on 12 May 1981, aged 73.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Remembering Mrs Benjamin Sheares". Duke-NUS. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  2. Singapore. Parliament. Parliamentary Debates: Official Report. (30 December 1970). Election of President of Republic of Singapore (Vol. 30, cols. 378–382); Election of President today. (30 December 1970). The Straits Times, p. 6. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  3. Sheares in a coma. (11 May 1981). The Straits Times, p. 1; Lee, P., Ngoo, I., & Bala, K. (13 May 1981). Singapore mourns. The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.