13th Pres of Liberia-from U.S.

William D. Coleman (1896 -.1900). He was born in Fayette County, Kentucky; immigrated to Liberia with his family when he was 11 years old. Arriving in 1853, they settled in Clay-Ashland near Monrovia. Studying at night, he picked up the education he had abandoned as a child when poverty had prevented further schooling/ He worked his way up to House of Rep and served as Speaker of the House. Later he served in Senate - VP before assuming the Presidency when Joseph J. Cheeseman died in office.