|20th President of Liberia|
23 July 1971 – 12 April 1980
|Vice President||vacant (1971–1972)|
James Edward Greene (1972–1977)
Bennie Dee Warner (1977–1980)
|Preceded by||William Tubman|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Doe|
|23rd Vice President of Liberia|
1 January 1952 – 23 July 1971
|Preceded by||Clarence Simpson|
|Succeeded by||James Edward Greene|
William Richard Tolbert Jr.
13 May 1913
|Died||12 April 1980 (aged 66)|
|Cause of death||Assassination by firearm|
|Resting place||Palm Grove Cemetery|
|Political party||True Whig|
|Spouse(s)||Victoria A. David (1916-1997)|
Death[change | change source]
On April 12, 1980, Tolbert was killed in Monrovia early today in a coup by disgruntled Army enlisted men ostensibly representing the long disenfranchised indigenous population of that country. He was shot three times in the head by a band of soldiers who broke into the executive mansion at 1 a.m., according to reports reaching here. Samuel Doe commands the soldiers by overthrow and execute Tolbert.
References[change | change source]
- Tolbert, Richard. Liberia: William R. Tolbert – 'In the Pantheon of Great African Leaders'. AllAfrica.com 2009-05-28. Accessed 2012-06-23.