Edgar Whitehead

Sir Edgar Cuthbert Fremantle Whitehead, KCMG OBE (8 February 1905 – 22 September 1971) was a Rhodesian politician. He was a longstanding member of the Southern Rhodesian Legislative Assembly, although his career was interrupted by other posts and by illness. In particular he had poor eyesight, and wore very thick glasses, and later experienced deafness whilst in office. An ally of Sir Roy Welensky, he was Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia from 1958 to 1962. His government was defeated in the 1962 general election by the Rhodesian Front.


Sir Edgar Whitehead

6th Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia
In office
17 February 1958  17 December 1962
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorSir Peveril William-Powlett
Sir Humphrey Gibbs
Preceded byGarfield Todd
Succeeded byWinston Field
Leader of the Opposition
In office
17 December 1962  12 February 1965
Prime MinisterWinston Field
Ian Smith
Preceded byWilliam Cary
Succeeded byDavid Butler
Personal details
Born8 February 1905
British Embassy, Berlin, German Empire
Died22 September 1971(1971-09-22) (aged 66)
Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Political partyUnited Federal Party
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford