His Excellency, Sir Clifford Straughn Husbands, GCMG, KA, was born on the 5th August, 1926 at Morgan Lewis Plantation, in the parish of St. Andrew. He received his primary education at Selah Boy's Elementary School in St. Lucy between 1931 and 1936, and secondary education at the Parry School and Harrison College between 1936 and 1946.
On leaving Harrison College, Sir Clifford taught at the Parry School for three years before proceeding to London where he entered the Middle Temple to pursue studies in Law. He qualified as a Barrister and was called to Bar in 1952.
On his return to Barbados, Sir Clifford was admitted to practise law at the local Bar. He then entered private practice in the Chambers of Mr. W. W. Reece between 1952 and 1954. In 1954, he acted as Deputy Registrar.
Between 1954 and 1960, Sir Clifford held various legal appointments in Grenada, Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla.
Sir Clifford returned to Barbados in 1960 and assumed duties as Assistant to the Attorney-General and Legal Draftsman. He was appointed as Director of Public Prosecutions in 1967 and elevated to the dignity of Queen's Counsel in 1968.
Sir Clifford was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court in 1976 and was promoted in 1991 as a Justice of Appeal, completing his tenure in 1996. He also acted as Chief Justice on several occasions and as Governor-General.
In recognition of his long and outstanding Legal and Judicial Service to Barbados, Sir Clifford was awarded the Gold Crown of Merit in 1986, made a Companion of Honour in 1989 and a Knight of St. Andrew in 1995.
Sir Clifford was sworn in as Governor-General on June 1, 1996, following the death of Barbados' first female Governor-General Dame Nita Barrow.
Sir Clifford is married to the former Ruby C.D. Parris.