From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Coleman, William David (Liberia)

(born: 1842  -  died: 1908) 

William D. Coleman, born in Fayette County, KY, was a slave who gained his freedom and then settled in Liberia, Africa. Coleman was Vice President of Liberia before becoming its 12th president (1896-1900). He first completed President J. J. Cheeseman's term and was then elected to the presidency. 

For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. DunniganThe Political and Legislative History of Liberia, by C. H. Huberich; William David Coleman, a Liberia Past and Present website. 

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