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Unlike most African counties which obtained their independence some 50 years ago or later, Liberia declared its independence over a century and a half ago on July 26, 1847, becoming Africa’s first republic.

Consequently, information about its history can sometimes seem obscured within the deep cloud of its long past, especially among its high population of youth.

Therefore, I have compiled a pictorial and a chronological list of each of the presidents of Liberia as a way to reanimate its history and make it readily accessible for its youth and anyone interesting in Liberia.

(This compilation excludes individuals appointed as interim presidents during Liberia’s civil war from 1990-2003.)

Pictorial of the Presidents of Liberia

(Click on the pictures to view them as pop outs)

Chronological Listing of the Presidents of Liberia

(Click on the names to find out more information about each person)

No. Name Presidential Term
1. Joseph Jenkins Roberts January 3, 1848 – January 7, 1856
2. Stephen Allen Benson January 7, 1856 – January 4, 1864
3. Daniel Bashiel Warner January 4, 1864 – January 6, 1868
4. James Spriggs Payne January 6, 1868 – January 3, 1870
5. Edward James Roye January 3, 1870 – October 26, 1871
6. James S. Smith November 4, 1871 – January 1, 1872
7. Joseph Jenkins Roberts January 1, 1872 – January 3, 1876
8. James Spriggs Payne January 3, 1876 – January 7, 1878
9. Anthony William Gardiner January 7, 1878 – January 20, 1883
10. Alfred Francis Russell January 20, 1883 – January 7, 1884
11. Hilary Richard Wright Johnson January 7, 1884 – January 4, 1892
12. Joseph James Cheeseman January 4, 1892 – November 12, 1896
13. William David Coleman November 12, 1896 – December 11, 1900
14. Garretson Wilmot Gibson December 11, 1900 – January 4, 1904
15. Arthur Barclay January 4, 1904 – January 1, 1912
16. Daniel Edward Howard January 1, 1912 – January 5, 1920
17. Charles Dunbar Burgess King January 5, 1920 – December 3, 1930
18. Edwin James Barclay December 3, 1930 – January 3, 1944
19. William V. S. Tubman January 3, 1944 – July 23, 1971
20. William Richard Tolbert, Jr. July 23, 1971 – April 12, 1980
21. Samuel Kanyon Doe January 6, 1986 – September 9, 1990
22. Charles Ghankay Taylor August 2, 1997 – August 11, 2003
23. Moses Blah August 11, 2003 – October 24, 2003
24. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf January 18, 2006 – Present

(Source: Wikipedia)

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