4th Pres. of Liberia-from U.S

James Spriggs Paynes (1868 - 1870) and (1876 -1878). He was born in Richmond, VA. in 1819 to former slaves; each of mixed race, of European and African ancestry. Payne grew up in a religious Methodist family and - a devout Christian. His father, David M. Payne; a Methodist minister; ordained as a deacon by the VA. Conference(1824). Payne was very fair; seven-eighths European-American ancestry, or one-eighth African. At age ten, his family emigrated to Liberia through sponsorship by the ACS.