(October 20, 1920 – March 28, 2009) was an American
politician who was President
from December 19, 1997, to August 11, 1999. She previously served as Prime Minister of Guyana
from March 17, 1997, to December 19, 1997.
Early years and marriage
She was born as Janet Rosenberg
to middle-class Jewish parents in Chicago, Illinois
. Janet’s maternal grandparents, Adolph and Rosa Kronberg (née Appelbaum,) were Jewish immigrants. Adolph immigrated to Chicago
and Rosa came from Hungary
. In December 1942, aged 22, while working as a student nurse at Cook County Hospital
, she met Cheddi Jagan
, an Indo-Guyanese dentistry
student at Northwestern University
.Larry Rohter, , The New York Times
, December 14, 1997. They married on August 5, 1943, and she moved with him to Guyana in December 1943.
In Guyana, she took part in labor activism along with her husband and joined the British Guianese
Labor Union. She also worked in her husband's dental clinic as a nurse for 10 years. In 1946, she founded the Women's Political and Economic Organization and co-founded the Political Affairs Committee.
Janet Jagan unsuccessfully ran for a seat from Central Georgetown in the 1947 general election. On... Read More