Daniel Bashiel Warner

Daniel Bashiel Warner (April 19, 1815 – December 1, 1880) served as the 3rd President of Liberia from 1864 to 1868. Prior to this, he served as the 5th Vice President of Liberia under President Stephen Allen Benson from 1860 to 1864, and as the 3rd Secretary of State in the cabinet of Joseph Jenkins Roberts from 1854 to 1856.

Daniel Bashiel Warner
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3rd President of Liberia
In office
January 4, 1864 – January 6, 1868
Vice PresidentJames M. Priest
Preceded byStephen Allen Benson
Succeeded byJames Spriggs Payne
5th Vice President of Liberia
In office
January 2, 1860 – January 4, 1864
PresidentStephen Allen Benson
Preceded byBeverly Page Yates
Succeeded byJames M. Priest
3rd Secretary of State
In office
PresidentJoseph Jenkins Roberts
Preceded byJohn N. Lewis
Succeeded byJames Skivring Smith
Personal details
Born(1815-04-19)April 19, 1815
Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
DiedDecember 1, 1880(1880-12-01) (aged 65)
Political partyRepublican


Warner, an African American, was born on Hookstown Road in Baltimore County, Maryland, to a father who was a farmer and ex-slave who acquired his freedom one year before Warner was born.[1][2]

Warner's date of birth is unclear. Some records show that he was born on April 19, 1815.[1] American Colonization Society documents list him as age nine when he emigrated to Liberia, with eight relatives, on the ship Oswego in 1823.[2]

A member of the Americo-Liberian elite, before his presidency, he served as a member of the Liberian House of Representatives, including a term as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1848 to 1849, and in the Liberian Senate.[3][4][5] Following his presidency, in 1877, he became an agent of the American Colonization Society.[6]

He also wrote the lyrics to the Liberian national anthem, which the country officially adopted when it became independent from the American Colonization Society in 1847.[7]

Presidency (1864–1868)Edit

Warner's main concern as president was his government's relationship with the area's indigenous people, particularly those in the interior of the country. He organized the first expedition into the dense forest, led by Benjamin J. K. Anderson. In 1868, Anderson traveled into Liberia's interior to sign a treaty with the king of Musardu.[8] He took careful notes describing the peoples, the customs, and the natural resources of those areas he passed through, writing a published report of his journey. Using the information from Anderson's report, the Liberian government moved to assert limited control over the inland region.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Death Of A Liberian President,New York Times, March 13, 1881
  2. ^ a b Roll Of Emigrants That Have Been Sent To The Colony Of Liberia, Western Africa, By The American Colonization Society And Its Auxiliaries, To September 1843 Archived 2008-07-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Emma Jones Lapsansky Werner & Margaret Hope Bacon. Back To Africa
  4. ^ Dunn, D. Elwood (4 May 2011). The Annual Messages of the Presidents of Liberia 1848–2010: State of the Nation Addresses to the National Legislature. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783598441691 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ American Colonization Society, "Information About Going To Liberia With Things Which Every Emigrot Ought To Know", 1852
  6. ^ Michele Mitchell, Righteous Propaganda
  7. ^ Streissguth, Thomas. Liberia In Pictures
  8. ^ "Sierra Leone Web - Sierra Leonean Heroes - Early Freetown".

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Political offices
Preceded by President of Liberia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice President of Liberia
Succeeded by