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William Tubman was the 19th President of Liberia

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BirthdayNovember 29, 1895
Died onJuly 23, 1971
NationalityLiberian
FamousPolitician, Leaders, Presidents
SpousesAntoinette Tubman
Known asТабмен, Уильям
Childrens John Hilary Tubman, Jr., Wilhelmina Tubman-Tucker, William Eli Tubman, William V.S. Tubman
Birth PlaceHarper
Political Ideology19th President of Liberia - 3 January 1944 – 23 July 1971, Political party - True Whig
ReligionMethodism
GenderMale
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inHarper
Famous asPolitician
Died at Age75

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Who is William Tubman?

William Tubman was the 19th President of Liberia. His 27 years in office saw Liberia transform from underdeveloped colony to a nation with a bustling economy. The son of a preacher, Tubman came from modest beginnings. His father, a Methodist preacher, was a strict authoritarian. He raised his kids to have strong faith and strong character. Tubman aspired to follow in his father's footsteps and become a preacher. He became a lay pastor at the age of 19 while serving as an officer in the Liberian military. After the military stint, Tubman studied for his law degree and passed the Bar exam. This provided him a springboard to get into the world of politics. Ever since his first day in political office Tubman always advocated for the rights of the native African tribesmen. He fought for more infrastructure development in the areas populated by tribesman, saying these people did not get any of the benefits of colonialism. He became Liberia's 19th president in 1944 and ushered in Liberia's economic Golden Age. His economic open door policy brought in a substantial stream of foreign investment. The country had the second-fastest growing economy throughout the 1950s. This success earned Tubman the title of "Father of Liberian Modernization"

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Childhood & Early Life

William Tubman was born on November 29, 1895, in Harper, Liberia, to Alexander Tubman and Elizabeth Tubman. He had four other siblings.

His father was a Reverend, stonemason, general of the Liberian army, and a speaker in the Liberian House of Representatives. His mother, who was from Atlanta, Georgia, was the daughter of freed slaves. Her parents were members of the group of 69 freed slaves who came to Liberia from Georgia in 1844.

Growing up, Tubman was no stranger to discipline. His father valued discipline highly and he even made his kids sleep on the floor because he thought that the beds are too soft and are a hindrance in character development.William received his early education from a primary school in Harper and later on went to the Methodist Cape Palmas Seminary, and Harper County High School.

In 1910, at the age of 15, Tubman joined the Liberian army. From 1910 to 1917 he advanced from a private to an officer.

Career

His first plan was to follow in his father's footsteps as a preacher. He was certified as a lay pastor at the age of 19.

While working as a junior collector of customs, he studied law in his free time. At the age of 23, he passed the Bar examination.

He spent the next few years in the Maryland county Probate court. His worked as a tax collector, recorder, and a colonel in a local militia.

Tubman entered politics at the age of 28. In 1923, he was elected to the Senate of Liberia. This made him the youngest senator in Liberian history.

He won re-election in 1929 and also became an adviser to Vice President Allen Yancy.

In 1931, he resigned from the senate. He took up the job of defending Liberia before the League of Nations. Liberia was accused of using slave labor.

He returned to the senate in 1934. He served for three years before resigning again in 1937.

President Edwin Barclay appointed him as associate justice of the Liberian Supreme Court in 1937 and he served in this capacity until 1943.

In 1942, Tubman ran for the Liberian presidency. He beat the five other candidates in fray and was elected as the 19th President of Liberia on May 4, 1943.

William Tubman was also the longest serving President of Liberia, spending 27 year in office. His reign as President ended with his death in 1971.

Major Works

William Tubman was known as the father of Liberian modernization. One of his most significant policies was the National Unification Policy. This policy sought to unify tribesmen and colonists under one national Liberian Identity. The policy led to infrastructure development throughout the country.

He also was known for his economic open door policy. Throughout his presidency he was focused on attracting foreign investment and businesses. This policy helped substantially in the economic development of Liberia. During the 1950s Liberia had the second highest rate of economic growth in the world.

Awards & Achievements

He was the youngest Liberian senator; he became a senator at the age of 23.

His term of 27 years is the longest term by any Liberian President.

Personal Life & Legacy

His wife's name was Antoinette Tubman. The couple had four children together: William V.S. Tubman Jr., Wilhelmina Tubman-Tucker, John Hilary Tubman, and William Eli Tubman.

He died on 23 July 1971, at the age of 75, in a London clinic.

Trivia

Tubman survived an assassination attempt in 1955.

He was a member of the Prince Hall freemasons, which was an all African-American branch of the organization

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William Tubman biography timelines

  • // 1844
    His father was a Reverend, stonemason, general of the Liberian army, and a speaker in the Liberian House of Representatives. His mother, who was from Atlanta, Georgia, was the daughter of freed slaves. Her parents were members of the group of 69 freed slaves who came to Liberia from Georgia in 1844.
  • // 29th Nov 1895
    William Tubman was born on November 29, 1895, in Harper, Liberia, to Alexander Tubman and Elizabeth Tubman. He had four other siblings.
  • // 1910 To 1917
    In 1910, at the age of 15, Tubman joined the Liberian army. From 1910 to 1917 he advanced from a private to an officer.
  • // 1923
    Tubman entered politics at the age of 28. In 1923, he was elected to the Senate of Liberia. This made him the youngest senator in Liberian history.
  • // 1929
    He won re-election in 1929 and also became an adviser to Vice President Allen Yancy.
  • // 1931
    In 1931, he resigned from the senate. He took up the job of defending Liberia before the League of Nations. Liberia was accused of using slave labor.
  • // 1934 To 1937
    He returned to the senate in 1934. He served for three years before resigning again in 1937.
  • // 1937 To 1943
    President Edwin Barclay appointed him as associate justice of the Liberian Supreme Court in 1937 and he served in this capacity until 1943.
  • // 1942 To 4th May 1943
    In 1942, Tubman ran for the Liberian presidency. He beat the five other candidates in fray and was elected as the 19th President of Liberia on May 4, 1943.
  • // 1955
    Tubman survived an assassination attempt in 1955.
  • // 1971
    William Tubman was also the longest serving President of Liberia, spending 27 year in office. His reign as President ended with his death in 1971.
  • // 23rd Jul 1971
    He died on 23 July 1971, at the age of 75, in a London clinic.

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William Tubman's FAQ

  • What is William Tubman birthday?

    William Tubman was born at 1895-11-29

  • When was William Tubman died?

    William Tubman was died at 1971-07-23

  • Where was William Tubman died?

    William Tubman was died in London

  • Which age was William Tubman died?

    William Tubman was died at age 75

  • Where is William Tubman's birth place?

    William Tubman was born in Harper

  • What is William Tubman nationalities?

    William Tubman's nationalities is Liberian

  • Who is William Tubman spouses?

    William Tubman's spouses is Antoinette Tubman

  • Who is William Tubman childrens?

    William Tubman's childrens is John Hilary Tubman, Jr., Wilhelmina Tubman-Tucker, William Eli Tubman, William V.S. Tubman

  • What is William Tubman's political ideology?

    William Tubman's political ideology is 19th President of Liberia - 3 January 1944 – 23 July 1971, Political party - True Whig

  • What is William Tubman's religion?

    William Tubman's religion is Methodism

  • What is William Tubman's sun sign?

    William Tubman is Sagittarius

  • How famous is William Tubman?

    William Tubman is famouse as Politician