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Tubman, William V. S.

(born: 1895  -  died: 1971) 

William V. S. Tubman's grandfather, (Brother) William Shadrach Tubman, and grandmother, Sylvia A. E. Tubman, were two of the 69 slaves freed and voluntarily transported to Liberia in 1844 by slave owner Emily Tubman (1794-1885), who grew up in Frankfort, KY. Once in Liberia, the slaves took the name Tubman and named their community Tubman Hill. William V. S. Tubman was born in Liberia, Africa, and became the country's 18th president (1944-1971), holding the office longer than any other president before or after him, winning six elections. On a visit to the U.S., he came to Frankfort, KY, in search of information about his family history. For more on Emily H. T. Tubman, see Index to Women of the World from Ancient to Modern Times. Biographies and portraits, by N. O. Ireland; and A Study of the Life and Contributions of Emily H. Tubman, by J. R. Bennett. For more on W. V. S. Tubman see Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 6th ed., edited by M. Parry; and A biography of President William V. S. Tubman, by A. D. B. Henries.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Tubman, William Shadrach
NKAA Entry: Tubman, Sylvia A. E.
NKAA Source: Index to women of the world from ancient to modern times; biographies and portraits
NKAA Source: A study of the life and contributions of Emily H. Tubman
NKAA Source: Chambers biographical dictionary
NKAA Source: A biography of President William V. S. Tubman

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