Joseph Jenkins Roberts

Joseph Jenkins Roberts
1809 - 1876

Joseph Jenkins Roberts  American Politician


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First Name Joseph
Middle Name Jenkins
Last Name Roberts
Birthday 15th March, 1809
Birthplace Norfolk, Virginia
Died 24th February, 1876
Place of Death Monrovia, Liberia
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Nationality American
Occupation Politician

Joseph Jenkins Roberts (March 15, 1809 – February 24, 1876) was an African-American merchant who emigrated to Liberia in 1829, where he became a noted politician. Elected as the first (1848–1856) and seventh (1872–1876) President of Liberia after independence, he was the first man of African descent to govern the country, serving previously as governor from 1841 to 1848. Born free in Norfolk, Virginia, Roberts emigrated as a young man with his mother, siblings, wife, and child to the young West African colony. He opened a trading firm in Monrovia and later engaged in politics.

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