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    President William Tubman of Liberia, who died in the London Clinic today aged 75, had held office since 1943, longer than anyone else in the history of his country.

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    President William Tubman of Liberia, who died in the London Clinic today aged 75, had held office since 1943, longer than anyone else in the history of his country.

    The main task of his life was the development of Liberia's resources and the welding into one nation of many different racial groups--the descendants of freed slaves from the United States and the members of the 28 indigenous tribes. Liberia was formed in 1822 for the re-settlement of former negro slaves from the United States.

    President Tubman himself was born in Liberia in 1895, the son of a Methodist minister descended from negro settlers who left the U.S. state of Georgia in 1834.

    In a varied career he was first a teacher, then a lawyer and a soldier, as well as a politician. He became an Associate Justice of the Liberian Supreme Court, and a Colonel in the army.

    This film compiled from the Visnews library shows him as an embattled politician to the last, accepting the nomination for his seventh term as President in January, and later in May speaking out against dialogue with South Africa in his victory speech.

    SYNOPSIS: Liberia's President William Tubman died on Friday in London, following an operation at the London Clinic. He was 75. This film shows him with his wife and Vice-President Tolbert on the 28th of January this year, when he announced acceptance of a seventh term as President. The announcement came while he was attending the 32nd National True Whig Party Convention, in Monrovia. He had held office since 1943, longer than anyone else in the history of Liberia, a country specially formed in 1822 for the resettlement of former negro slaves from the United States.

    Four months later, after the strain of an election which endorsed the Tubman regime, the President spoke out vigorously in his victory speech on one of the most sensitive topics in African politics, rejecting completely the possibility of a dialogue with South Africa. To the end he was concerned with vital issues like this one, and his main domestic problem of welding into one nation many different racial groups. Long regarded an elder statesman of Africa, along with Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, President Tubman's death will be keenly felt in Liberia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA3MJL17EX98OWPMZC2R3L1JPX
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3MJL17EX98OWPMZC2R3L1JPX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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