William Jr.

President of Liberia William Jr.

William Richard Tolbert, Jr. was the 20th President of Liberia from 1971 to 1980. Trained as a civil servant, he entered the country's House of Representatives in 1955 for the True Whig Party, then the only established party in the country. He was elected Vice president to William Tubman in 1952 and served in that position until Tubman's death in 1971.
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13 May 1913
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Del. Hope Wins Backing of Sierra Club - Sun Gazette
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“In two short years in the House of Delegates, Patrick has proven his commitment to the environment by sponsoring legislation to encourage green building design and construction, and been a strong voice for transit and clean water,” said JR Tolbert,
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Johnson County Peach Festival celebrating 70th year - Russellville Courier
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Peaches were first introduced to Clarksville during the 1890s, when James Russell “JR” Tolbert sold his estate in Georgia and moved to Clarksville. Mike Hartley, board member for the Johnson County Peach Festival, explained the history behind peaches
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Virginia Offshore Drilling Bill Passes US House - WAMU
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JR Tolbert is with The Virginia Sierra Club also opposes the bill. "Drilling for more oil is not a solution," says JR Tolbert, a representative for the group. "It's a false hope and false bill of goods being sold to the American people
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  • 1980
    Age 66
    Undisputedly, Tolbert was dead by the end of April 12, 1980, the day of the coup d’état.
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    In March 1980 Tolbert ordered the banning of the PAL, and had Gabriel Bacchus Matthews and the rest of the organization's leadership arrested on charges of treason. In the early hours of April 12, 1980, 17 non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia led by Master Sergeant Samuel Doe launched a violent coup d'état; all of them were "indigenous" Liberians.
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  • 1979
    Age 65
    Tolbert was chairman of the Organisation of African Unity from July 1979 until he was killed in April 1980.
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    In early April 1979, Tolbert's minister of agriculture, Florence Chenoweth, proposed an increase in the subsidized price of rice from $22 per 100-pound bag to $26.
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  • 1976
    Age 62
    He successfully worked for a constitutional amendment to bar the president from serving more than eight years in office, and in 1976 he vowed fierce opposition to members of the Legislature who sought to repeal the amendment and again permit what Tolbert called an "evil tradition".
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  • 1975
    Age 61
    Upon becoming president, Tolbert initiated some liberal reforms. Though reelected in 1975, his government was criticized sharply for failing to address the deep economic disparities between different sectors of the population, notably the Americo-Liberians, who had dominated the country since independence, and the various indigenous ethnic groups that constituted the majority of the population.
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  • 1971
    Age 57
    Two of his daughters are no longer alive. Victoria Tolbert Yancy died in 1971, and Evelyn Tolbert Richardson (the wife of a government aviator) died in Westchester County, New York, United States, in 1993.
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    Following Tubman's death in 1971, Tolbert succeeded him as president.
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  • 1965
    Age 51
    A Baptist minister, in 1965 he became the first African to serve as president of the Baptist World Alliance, and was also a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
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  • 1952
    Age 38
    He was elected Vice president to William Tubman in 1952 and served in that position until Tubman's death in 1971.
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  • 1943
    Age 29
    Tolbert was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1943, and served until being elected vice president.
  • 1934
    Age 20
    He attended Bensonville Elementary School, Crummell Hall Episcopalian High School, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Liberia in 1934.
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  • 1913
    Born on May 13, 1913.
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