Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston

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Sir Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston (1898 – 1969) was a Sierra Leonean diplomat and politician. He was the first indigenous Governor-General of Sierra Leone. He was a member of the Creole ethnic group (descendant of freed slaves from the West Indies, United States and Great Britain landed in Freetown between 1792 and 1855).

Career[edit]

He served as Speaker of the Parliament of Sierra Leone from 1957 to 1962 and as Governor-General of Sierra Leone from 7 July 1962 to 26 March 1967. He was preceded by British diplomat Sir Maurice Henry Dorman and succeeded after a coup d'état by Brigadier Andrew Juxon-Smith.

Legacy[edit]

Lightfoot Boston Street in Freetown is named in his honor.

Lightfoot Boston's image is featured on a 50 Leone coin issued by the Bank of Sierra Leone.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bank of Sierra Leone coins

External links[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Maurice Henry Dorman
Governor-General of Sierra Leone
1962–1967
Succeeded by
Andrew Juxon-Smith