Francis Adderley was born in Nassau on November 16, 1891
the son of Mr. Wilfred Parliament and Letitia Eliza McMinn Adderley.
He attended Boys' Central School and the Nassau Grammar School until
1908 when he entered Denstone College, Staffordshire, England. He
worked in New York City for a year to help finance his education
and in 1912 he entered St. Catherine's College, Cambridge from which
he received the B. A. and LL B. degrees with honours. From 1915
to 1919 he worked in the War Factory Service as Assistant Pay Master
at White City, London. A member of the Middle Temple, he was called
to the English Bar in 1919. He then returned to The Bahamas to practice
law and was called to the Bahamas Bar in August 1919.
In 1923 he was
elected to the House of Assembly for Eleuthera and in 1928 he was
returned for the Western District. He served for several years as
Legal Advisor to The House under Speaker Malcolm. He was appointed
to a seat on the Legislative Council in 1938 and to the Executive
Council in 1946. At the time of his death he was a senior member
of that body.
the King's Birthday Honours in 1951 he was appointed a Commander
of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He also presided
as Acting Chief Justice that same year at the October Sessions of
the Supreme Court.
He married Ethel Millicent Louise Lunn on April 29, 1925 and fathered
two sons: Dr. Francis E. Adderley, M.D. and the Honourable Paul
L. Adderley, former Minister of Finance and Minister of External
Affairs, Education and Culture and Attorney General. Mr. A. F. Adderley
also held the Chairmanship of the Electrical Board and the Airport's
Board and was a member of the Civil Service Committee. He was chancellor
of the Anglican Diocese of Nassau, a member of the Vestry of St.
Mary's Church and a member of the Board of Governors of St. John's