Thomas Buchanan (Governor of Liberia)

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Thomas Buchanan
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1st Governor of Liberia
In office
April 1, 1839 – September 3, 1841
Preceded by Jehudi Ashmun
Succeeded by Joseph Jenkins Roberts
Personal details
Born November 19, 1808
Died September 3, 1841
Monrovia, Liberia

Thomas Buchanan (November 19, 1808 – September 3, 1841) was the first governor of Liberia and a cousin of James Buchanan, President of the United States.[1] He came to Liberia as the envoy of the American Colonization Society in the 1830s. He worked first as an administrator in Grand Bassa, which later had its capital named Buchanan in his honor. In 1839, Buchanan was sent to Monrovia, where he became the first governor of Liberia after the death of Jehudi Ashmun. He served from April 1, 1839 until his death on September 3, 1841.


  1. ^ Liberia: Who Created This Mess? The Perspective, August 5, 2003