J. J. Dossen

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J. J. Dossen
16th Vice President of Liberia
In office
January 1, 1906 – January 1, 1912
President Arthur Barclay
Preceded by Joseph D. Summerville
Succeeded by Samuel George Harmon
8th Chief Justice of Liberia
In office
Nominated by Daniel Edward Howard
Preceded by James A. Toliver
Succeeded by F. E. R. Johnson
Personal details
Born c. 1866
Maryland County, Liberia
Died August 17, 1924
Monrovia, Liberia
Political party True Whig

James Jenkins Dossen (c.1866 – August 17, 1924)[1]) was a Liberian politician and jurist, serving as the Vice President of Liberia[2] from 1906 to 1912 under President Arthur Barclay.[1] He was elected president of the Liberia College in 1913,[2] and associate judge of the Supreme Court of Liberia for 10 years,[1] before holding the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia for 13 years.[1][2] The J.J. Dossen Memorial Hospital in Harper, Maryland County, the only hospital in south-eastern Liberia,[3] is named after him.


  1. ^ a b c d Marcus Garvey; Robert A. Hill (1983). The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers - Volume V: September 1922-August 1924. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-05817-8. 
  2. ^ a b c Louis R. Harlan; Raymond W. Smock (1980). Booker T. Washington Papers - Volume 9: 1906-8. University of Illinois Press. p. 779. ISBN 0-252-00771-9. 
  3. ^ "Doctors without Borders in Liberia". Andrew Schechtman. Archived from the original on April 4, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2008. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph D. Summerville
Vice President of Liberia
1906 – 1912
Succeeded by
Samuel Alfred Ross
Legal offices
Preceded by
James A. Toliver
Chief Justice of Liberia
1912 – 1924
Succeeded by
F. E. R. Johnson