Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor

President of Liberia
Born Jan 28, 1948

Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor is a Liberian politician who was the 22nd President of Liberia, serving from 2 August 1997 until his resignation on 11 August 2003. Born in Arthington, Montserrado County, Liberia, Taylor earned a degree at Bentley College in the United States before returning to Liberia to work in the government of Samuel Doe. After being removed for embezzlement, he eventually arrived in Libya, where he was trained as a guerilla fighter.… Read More

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1948 Birth Taylor was born in Arthington, a town near the capital of Monrovia, Liberia, on 28 January 1948, to Nelson and Bernice Taylor. … Read More


1980 32 Years Old Taylor supported the 12 April 1980 coup led by Samuel Doe, which resulted in the murder of President William R. Tolbert, Jr. and seizure of power by Doe. … Read More
1983 35 Years Old He was sacked in May 1983 for embezzling an estimated $1,000,000 and sending the funds to an American bank account.
1984 36 Years Old Taylor fled to the United States but was arrested on 21 May 1984 by two US Deputy Marshals in Somerville, Massachusetts, on a warrant for extradition to face charges of embezzling $1 million of government funds while the GSA boss. … Read More
1985 37 Years Old On 15 September 1985, Taylor and four other inmates escaped from the jail. … Read More


1989 41 Years Old In December 1989, Taylor launched a Gaddafi-funded armed uprising from the Ivory Coast into Liberia to overthrow the Doe regime, leading to the First Liberian Civil War.
1990 42 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1990, his forces soon controlled most of the country. … Read More
1994 46 Years Old According to two Operation Blessing pilots who reported this incident in 1994 to the Commonwealth of Virginia for investigation, Robertson used his Operation Blessing planes to haul diamond-mining equipment to his new mines in Liberia. … Read More
1996 48 Years Old After the official end of the civil war in 1996, Taylor ran for president in the 1997 general election. … Read More
1997 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Following a peace deal that ended the war, Taylor coerced the population into electing him president in the 1997 general election by threatening to resume the war otherwise. … Read More


1999 51 Years Old In 1999, a rebellion against Taylor began in northern Liberia, led by a group calling itself Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). … Read More
On 7 March 2003, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) issued a sealed indictment for Taylor. … Read More
That year, he resigned, as a result of growing international pressure, and went into exile in Nigeria. In 2006, the newly elected President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, formally requested his extradition. … Read More
2007 59 Years Old 1 More Event
When Taylor's trial opened 4 June 2007, Taylor boycotted the proceeding and was not present. … Read More


In January 2009, the prosecution finished presenting its evidence against Taylor and closed its case on 27 February 2009.
2011 63 Years Old 1 More Event
On 8 February 2011, the trial court ruled in a 2–1 decision that it would not accept Taylor's trial summary, as the summary had not been submitted by the January 14 deadline. … Read More
2012 64 Years Old He was found guilty in April 2012 of all eleven charges levied by the Special Court, including terror, murder and rape. … Read More
2013 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Taylor appealed against the verdict, but on 26 September 2013 Appeals Chamber of the Special Court confirmed his guilt and the penalty of 50 years in prison.
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