Daniel Bashiel Warner

Daniel Bashiel Warner
3rd President of Liberia
In office
January 4, 1864  January 6, 1868
Vice President James M. Priest
Preceded by Stephen Allen Benson
Succeeded by James Spriggs Payne
5th Vice President of Liberia
In office
January 2, 1860  January 4, 1864
President Stephen Allen Benson
Preceded by Beverly Page Yates
Succeeded by James M. Priest
3rd Secretary of State
In office
President Joseph Jenkins Roberts
Preceded by John N. Lewis
Succeeded by James Skivring Smith
Personal details
Born (1815-04-19)April 19, 1815
Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Died December 1, 1880(1880-12-01) (aged 65)
Political party Republican

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.


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] However, American Colonization Society documents list him as age nine when he emigrated to Liberia, with eight relatives, on the ship Oswego in 1823.[2] That would put his birth year as 1814.

A member of the Americo-Liberian elite, he also served as a member of the Liberian House of Representatives[3] and Liberian Senate.[4] In 1877, he became an agent of the American Colonization Society.[5]

He also wrote the lyrics to the Liberian national anthem, which the country officially adopted when it got independence from the American Colonization Society in 1847.[6]

Presidency (1864–1868)

Warner's main concern as President were 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 Musardo. 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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Allen Benson
President of Liberia
Succeeded by
James Spriggs Payne
Preceded by
Beverly Page Yates
Vice President of Liberia
Succeeded by
James M. Priest
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