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Charles Dunbar Burgess King
Charles Dunbar Burgess King

Liberia

Charles Dunbar Burgess King (1875 - 1961) was a politician in Liberia of Freetown Creole descent (both of King's parents were ethnic Krios).


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Created: 22nd Jul 2008
Modified: 22nd Jul 2008
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Position:
President
Working primarily in:
Liberia

Description of Work:
King was a member of the True Whig Party, which ruled the country from 1878 until 1980. He served as President from 1920 until 1930.

King was the foreign minister of Liberia from 1912 until he was elected President in 1920. Though a moderate supporter of reform, he continued to support the patronage machine and dominance of the True Whig party.

He was challenged in the presidential election of 1927 by Thomas J.R. Faulkner. According to an official statement King had received 234,000 votes, however, at the time Liberia had only 15,000 registered voters. This won King the dubious achievement of being listed in the Guinness Book of Records 1982 for the most fraudulent election reported in history.

After losing the election, Faulkner accused many members of the True Whig Party government of recruiting and selling contract labor as slaves. A report by the League of Nations by a commission under the leadership of British jurist Cuthbert Christy, supported many of Faulkner's allegations, and implicated many government officials, including vice-president Allen Yancy. Yancey and King resigned over the scandal in December 1930.
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Charles Dunbar Burgess King
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Gender: male
Place of Origin: Liberia




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