William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman

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Tubman, William Vacanarat Shadrach


Born Nov. 29, 1895, in Harper; died July 23, 1971, in London. Liberian statesman and political figure. Descendant of emancipated American slaves.

Tubman, a lawyer, was president of Liberia and head of the government from 1944 to 1971. He was also the national leader of the True Whig Party, founded in 1869. In 1944 he inaugurated a policy of national unification, which was aimed at integrating the indigenous population of the country with the descendants of immigrants from the USA and at including the tribal peoples in the political and economic life of the country. Tubman advocated an open-door economic policy, encouraging the investment of foreign capital in Liberia.

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But what might be lost on many Liberians is that their country has not seen a smooth political transition since January 1944, when William Tubman was inaugurated as President, having been elected in May 1943.
The Voting Precincts visited included those at the William Tubman High School, Sinkor, Monrovia, the Booker T.
It deals with the abiding influence of Christianity in the political odyssey and legacy of dynamic African leaders such as Kenneth David Kaunda of Zambia, Julius Kam-barage Nyerere of Tan--zania, Sylvanus Olym-pio of Togo, William Tubman of Liberia, and Thomas Joseph Mboya of Kenya.
When the Ghana-Guinea-Mali union morphed into the radical Casablanca Group with Egypt (under President Gamal Abdel Nasser) now on board, the Western countries redoubled their efforts by creating a counter-force headed by Liberia under President William Tubman.
Recently, while giving evidence in his own defence at the Special Court for Sierra Leone sitting in The Hague, Netherlands, the former Liberian president, Charles Taylor (who is facing n counts of war crimes at the Court), talked about the shame that discerning Liberians had always felt about their former president, William Tubman, who allowed himself to be used by the West to "kill" the African unity project.