Liberian general election, 1847

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Liberian presidential election, 1847

27 September 1847 1849 →
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Nominee Joseph Jenkins Roberts Samuel Benedict
Party Pro Anti

Elected President

Joseph Jenkins Roberts

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General elections were held for the first time in newly independent Liberia on 27 September 1847, alongside a constitutional referendum.[1] The result was a victory for Governor Joseph Jenkins Roberts of the Pro-Administration Party, who defeated Samuel Benedict of the Anti-Administration Party.[2] In a separate vote, Nathaniel Brander was elected Vice President.[3]

Roberts was sworn into office as the country's first President on 3 January 1848, with Nathaniel Brander as vice president.


Due to his part in the trial of Tobias Outland, who had murdered James Stevens in 1845, Benedict had faced condemnation from almost the entire population.[4]


In the presidential vote, Benedict received only ten votes.[4]

In Montserrado County John B. Gripon and J.U. Lewis were elected to the Senate whilst D.B. Brown, William Draper, J.B. McGill and Daniel Bashiel Warner were elected to the House of Representatives.[3]


  1. ^ Charles Henry Huberich (1947) The political and legislative history of Liberia, Central Book Co., p844
  2. ^ Elections in Liberia African Elections Database
  3. ^ a b Huberich, p846
  4. ^ a b Nathaniel R Richardson (1959) Liberia's Past and Present, The Diplomatic Press and Publishing Company, p82
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