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Joseph Jenkins Roberts was born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA on March 15, 1809. He was served as the first (1848-1856) and seventh (1872-1876) President of Liberia. He emigrated to Liberia in 1829. He is the first president of independent Liberia until 1856 from 1847 and 7th president in 1872. His mother Amelia had gained freedom from slavery and had married his step-father James Roberts. After the death of his father his family moved to Petersburg, Virginia. After Liberia declared its independence in 1847, Joseph J. Roberts, was elected Liberia's first president. Roberts was re-elected three more times to serve a total of eight years, until he lost the election in 1855. To attain recognition from European countries and the United States, he spent lot of time. Great Britain was the first country to recognize Liberia by France in 1848. After his first presidency Roberts served for fifteen years as a major general in the Liberian army. Roberts died on February 24, 1876. Liberia's famous Roberts International Airport is named in honor of Roberts. His face is also depicted on the Liberian ten dollar bill introduced in 1997 and the old five dollar bill in circulation between 1989 and 1991. Joseph Jenkins Robert’s Birth Day on March 15 is celebrated as a national holiday in Liberia.
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