William A. Prout

William A. Prout was a Liberian politician.

William A. Prout
4th Governor of the Republic of Maryland
In office
6 June 1854 – April 1856
Preceded bySamuel Ford McGill
Succeeded byBoston Jenkins Drayton[1]

Prout was the son of Jacob W. Prout, who served as secretary of the Liberian Constitutional Convention. Prout served as the first elected Governor of Republic of Maryland after the country achieved independence. In April 1856, Prout was removed from office for repeated public drunkenness.[2][3]


  1. ^ Beyan, Amos J. (2005). African American Settlements in West Africa: John Brown Russwurm and the American Civilizing Efforts. Springer. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-349-53094-6. Retrieved 2018-02-17 – via Google Books. Independent Maryland in Liberia was first led by William A. Prout, who had been elected by the settlers of this place. Prout was succeeded by Boston J. Drayton in April 1856; and he continued to serve in this capacity up to March 3, 1857, when Maryland in Liberia became part of Liberia
  2. ^ Burrowes, Carl Patrick (1989). "Black Christian Republicans: Delegates to the 1847 Liberian Constitutional Convention". Liberian Studies Journal. 14 (2): 76. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  3. ^ Dunn, Elwood D.; Beyan, Amos J.; Burrowes, Carl Patrick (2000). Historical Dictionary of Liberia. p. 222.