Thursday, August 1, 2013

Day 132, August 1

The state of Ohio prides itself on having produed many presidents:  Grant, Hayes, Taft, Harding, Garfiled, Harrison, and McKinley all hailed from Ohio.  However, one Ohio-born citizen is all but forgotten in his term of president.

That may be because he did not serve as President of the United States of America but as President of Liberia in Africa.

Edward Royce was born in Newark, Ohio on February 5, 1815.  After trying several jobs as a young man and finding none that suited him, he sailed for Africa in 1846 and became a well-respected merchant in Liberia.  He served as chief judge of the Liberian Supreme Court and became President of the tiny coastal republic in 1871.

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