Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston

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Sir Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston
Born Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston
(1898-08-19)19 August 1898
Bonthe, Sherbro
Died December 14, 1968(1968-12-14)
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Occupation Governor-General of Sierra Leone, Speaker of Parliament, Barrister
Language English
Nationality British Subject, Sierra Leonean
Ethnicity Creole
Education Sierra Leone Grammar School, Fourah Bay College, Lincoln's Inn
Spouse Christiana Muriel Songo-Davies

Sir Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston, GCMG (19 August 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).


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.


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]


  1. ^ Bank of Sierra Leone coins

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