List of colonial governors of Sierra Leone

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This is a list of colonial administrators in Sierra Leone from the establishment of the Province of Freedom by the Committee for the Relief of the Black Poor in 1787 until Sierra Leone's independence in 1961.

Administrator (1787)[edit]

On 14 May 1787, the Province of Freedom was founded by the Committee for the Relief of the Black Poor for freed slaves.

Governor (1787-1789)[edit]

On 22 August 1788, the Province of Freedom and land along the Freetown peninsula was granted to Captain John Taylor of the HMS Miro. In 1789, it was abandoned.

  • John Taylor (August 1788 - 1789)

Agent (1791-1792)[edit]

In January 1791, the Granville Town was restored by the St. George Bay Company.

Superintendent (1792)[edit]

In 1792, Freetown was founded as the main town of the newly established Colony of Sierra Leone

Governors (1792-1827)[edit]

On 5 July 1799, the Province of Freedom was renamed Sierra Leone.

  • Thomas Ludlam (May 1799 - 1800) (1st time)
  • John Gray (1800 - January 1801) (2nd time)
  • William Dawes (January 1801 - February 1803) (3rd time)
  • William Day (February 1803 - 1803) (1st time)
  • Thomas Ludlam (1803 - 1805) (2nd time)
  • William Day (1805 - 4 November 1805) (2nd time)

On 1 January 1808, Sierra Leone (including coastal area) becomes Crown colony of the United Kingdom, and Sierra Leone Company rule was ended.

On 17 October 1821, Sierra Leone territory becomes part of British West African Territories. Its Governorship was held simultaneously by Governor (from 1827 until 1837 Lieutenant governor) of Sierra Leone.

Lieutenant governors (1827-1837)[edit]

Governors (1837-1961)[edit]

On 13 January 1850, the British West African Territories was dissolved and Sierra Leone again becomes a separate crown colony.

On 19 February 1866, Sierra Leone territory becomes part of the British West African Settlements. Its Governorship was held simultaneously by Governor of Sierra Leone.

On 17 December 1874, British West African Settlements was renamed British West Africa Settlements.

On 28 November 1888, the British West Africa Settlements was dissolved and Sierra Leone again becomes a separate crown colony.

On 24 August 1895, hinterland of Sierra Leone becomes British protectorate, and crown colony was renamed Sierra Leone Colony and Protectorate.

In 1961, Sierra Leone achieved independence from the United Kingdom. After independence, the viceroy in Sierra Leone was the Governor-General of Sierra Leone.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Worldstatesmen.org: Sierra Leone
  • Guinness Book of Kings, Rulers & Statesmen, Clive Carpenter, Guinness Superlatives Ltd
  • African States and Rulers, John Stewart, McFarland