9th Pres. of Liberia-from U.S.

Anthony William Gardiner(1878-1883) was born in Southampton County, VA. In 1831, his family relocated to Liberia under the sponsorship of the ACS. Gardiner received his law degree in Liberia. In 1847, he served as delegate to the National Convention, which drafted Liberia's declaration of Independence and Constitution. He became Liberia's first Attorney General. Less than two years after leaving office as acting President, he won election to the Presidency - also the first to resign.