Arthington, Liberia

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Arthington is located in Liberia
Location in Liberia
Coordinates: 6°31′N 10°41′W / 6.517°N 10.683°W / 6.517; -10.683Coordinates: 6°31′N 10°41′W / 6.517°N 10.683°W / 6.517; -10.683
Country  Liberia
County Montserrado County
District Greater Monrovia
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Arthington is a small town in Liberia along the Saint Paul River, located northwest of the capital city of Monrovia. It is mainly known as the hometown of former President Charles Taylor, the country's 22nd president.


The town is named after Robert Arthington, an attorney and philanthropist from Leeds, England who contributed money for former slaves from the Southern United States to emigrate to Liberia and to increase access to Liberia's interior.[1]

Arthington was settled in 1869 by 79 African-American immigrants from Windsor, North Carolina.[2] People from the U.S. states of South Carolina and Georgia also provided what later came to be known as the Americo-Liberian population of the town.[2][3]

The town was once known for producing sugarcane, coffee, and ginger, and was the location of one of Liberia’s most prosperous trading companies in the late 19th century.[2]