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Joseph Jenkins Roberts
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1st President of Liberia
In office
January 3, 1848 – January 7, 1856
Vice President Nathaniel Brander
Anthony D. Williams
Stephen Allen Benson
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Stephen Allen Benson
7th President of Liberia
In office
January 1, 1872 – January 3, 1876
Vice President Anthony W. Gardiner
Preceded by James Skivring Smith
Succeeded by James Spriggs Payne
2nd Governor of Liberia
In office
September 3, 1841 – January 3, 1848
Preceded by Thomas Buchanan
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born (1809-03-15)March 15, 1809
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died February 24, 1876(1876-02-24) (aged 66)
Monrovia, Liberia
Resting place Palm Grove Cemetery
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Sarah Roberts
Jane Rose Waring

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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