William Tubman's Birthday in Liberia in 2019

William Tubman's Birthday in Liberia in 2019
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  Dates of William Tubman's Birthday in Liberia
2021 Liberia Mon, Nov 29 National Holiday
2020 Nov 29, Nov 30
LiberiaMon, Nov 30National Holiday (in lieu)
LiberiaSun, Nov 29National Holiday
2019 Liberia Fri, Nov 29 National Holiday
2018 Liberia Thu, Nov 29 National Holiday
  Summary
This holiday honours William Tubman, the longest-serving President in Liberia's history on the anniversary of his birthday.

William Tubman's Day

William Tubman's Day is a national holiday in the Republic of Liberia on November 29th each year.

This holiday honours William Tubman, the longest-serving President in Liberia's history on the anniversary of his birthday.

History of William Tubman's Day

William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman was born on November 29th 1895, in the coastal town of Harper. Born into poverty, Tubman's father was a strict disciplinarian. He made William and his four siblings sleep on floor pallets as he thought beds were too soft and didn't help in character development.

Initially, William's thoughts were to follow a religious path and he planned to be a preacher. However, he took a temporary job in a government office and he decided to become involved in public service, becoming a lawyer in 1917.

Tubman's interest in politics soon followed. He joined the True Whig party and in 1923, aged 28, he became the youngest senator in the history of Liberia.

He became the 17th different President of Liberia in January 1944, aged 48, and went to on to serve for 27 years until his death on July 23rd 1971. Regards as the "father of modern Liberia", he was responsible for enacting many reforms and social policies such as the enactment of suffrage and property rights for all adult females and the establishment of a nationwide public school system. Tubman also pushed a policy of national unification by improving the rights of all tribesmen. 

Tubman's legacy also includes his economic "Open Door" policy which increased foreign investment in Liberia. By the time of his death, Liberia could boast the largest mercantile fleet in the world and the world's largest rubber industry, making the country the envy of many other African nations.

Did you know?

The current president of Liberia is George Weah, who was the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995.

The only other president of Liberia who also has a national holiday dedicated to him is Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Liberia's first president.

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