Varney Sherman

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Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman (born 16 February 1953) is a Liberian politician and the current chairman of the ruling Unity Party.

Early life[edit]

Sherman was born on February 16, 1953, in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County and graduated from St. John's Episcopal High School in 1971.[1] He continued his education at Cuttington University where he earned a degree in 1975.[1] In 1979, he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia in Monrovia.[1] Sherman completed his education in 1982 in the United States where he earned a Master of Law at Harvard Law School.[1]


By 1997, in the aftermath of the First Liberian Civil War, Sherman had begun to speak prominently on political matters. A prominent Monrovia lawyer and a partner in the law firm of Sherman and Sherman, he garnered front-page newspaper coverage for a speech to the Liberian Business Association denouncing the government for what he saw as non-enforcement of a hiring policy meant to favor Liberian citizens and businesses.[2] Running as the standard bearer of the four-party Coalition for the Transformation of Liberia (COTOL) in the 11 October 2005 presidential elections, Sherman placed fifth out of 22 candidates, receiving 7.8% of the vote.[3] He then endorsed George Weah for the run-off election.

Following the merger of his Liberian Action Party into the Unity Party in 2009, Sherman was chosen to become the national chairman of the party.


  1. ^ a b c d "Candidates for President in Election 2005". TLC Africa. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Don't Pay Lip-Service to Liberianization Policy — Cllr. Sherman Tells Gov't". The Inquirer 1997-11-05: 1/6.
  3. ^ Elections in Liberia, African Elections Database.