Samuel Doe

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Samuel Doe
Samuel Doe as 21st president
21st President of Liberia
In office
6 January 1986 – 9 September 1990
Vice PresidentHarry Moniba
Preceded byHimself as Chairman of People's Redemption Council
Succeeded byAmos Sawyer (interim)
Chairman of the People's Redemption Council
In office
12 April 1980 – 6 January 1986
Preceded byWilliam Tolbert as President
Succeeded byHimself as President
Personal details
Born(1951-05-06)6 May 1951
Tuzon, Liberia
Died9 September 1990(1990-09-09) (aged 39)
Monrovia, Liberia
Cause of deathMurder by torture
Resting placeBody lost or destroyed
Political partyNational Democratic
Spouse(s)Nancy Bohn Doe
(married c. 1968–1969)[1]
Alma materSeoul National University
University of Liberia
OccupationPolitician, Dictator
Military service
Allegiance Liberia
Branch/serviceArmed Forces of Liberia
Years of service1969–1985
RankMaster Sergeant
Battles/warsFirst Liberian Civil War

Samuel Kanyon Doe (6 May 1951[2] – 9 September 1990) was a Liberian politician. He was the Liberian leader from 1980 to 1990, first as a military leader and later as a civilian. He was in charge of the violent coup d'état in April 1980 that left him de facto head of state. He orders to kill then-president William Tolbert.

Civil war and death[change | change source]

A civil war began in December 1989. Rebels entered Liberia through Ivory Coast, capturing and removing Doe from power on 9 September 1990. He was then tortured and murdered by the orders of Prince Johnson.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Dunn, Elwood D.; Beyan, Amos J.; Burrowes, Carl Patrick (2000-12-20). Historical Dictionary of Liberia. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9781461659310.
  2. "Samuel K. Doe | president of Liberia". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  3. "Liberia : Samuel Doe, death washed down with a Budweiser". The Africa 2021-11-10. Retrieved 2021-12-20.