Samuel Benedict

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Samuel Benedict
1st Chief Justice of Liberia
In office
Nominated by Joseph Jenkins Roberts
Succeeded by John Day
Personal details
Born 1792
Georgia, United States
Died 1854
Monrovia, Liberia

Samuel Benedict (1792–1854) was a Liberian politician and jurist who served as the 1st Chief Justice of Liberia. He was born a slave in the U.S. state of Georgia in 1792,[1][2] and purchased his freedom and that of his family.[3] He emigrated to Liberia in 1835, on the ship Indiana.[4]

Prior to Liberia’s independence, Benedict was a judge of the Superior Court and a merchant.[5] He later presided over the Liberian Constitutional Convention of 1847, which officially provided Liberia’s independence from the American Colonization Society.[6][7] He was one of Montserrado County’s delegates at the convention and a signer of the Liberian Declaration of Independence.[7]

Representing the Anti-Administration Party (AAP), Benedict was defeated by longtime political foe Joseph Jenkins Roberts in the 1847 election to serve as Liberia’s first president.[8][9][10]

Benedict later became the first Chief Justice of the Liberian Supreme Court.[10] He died in 1854.[1]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Chief Justice of Liberia
1847 – 1854
Succeeded by
John Day