Vice President of Liberia

Vice President of the
Republic of Liberia
Incumbent
Jeremiah Koung
since January 22, 2024
StyleMs. Vice President
(Informal)
Her Excellency
(Formal)
Term lengthSix years
Inaugural holderNathaniel Brander
January 3, 1848
Formation1847 Constitution of Liberia
July 26, 1847
Websitewww.emansion.gov.lr

The vice president of the Republic of Liberia is the second-highest executive official in Liberia, and one of only two elected executive offices along with the president. The vice president is elected on the same ticket with the president to a six-year term. In the event of the death, resignation or removal of the president, the vice president ascends to the presidency, and holds the position for the remainder of their predecessor's term. The vice president also serves as the president of the Senate and may cast a vote in the event of a tie. The current vice president is Jeremiah Koung, serving under president Joseph Boakai. He began his term on January 22, 2024.

Qualifications

Article 52 of the Constitution lays out the qualifications for candidates for vice president. To be eligible for office under the current Constitution, a vice presidential candidate must:

  • be a natural born citizen of Liberia;
  • be at least thirty-five years old;
  • own real property valued at least $25,000;
  • have resided in Liberia for at least ten years.

Additionally, the vice president may not reside in the same county as the president.

Succession

Under Article 63(b), the vice president ascends to the presidency in the event of president's death, resignation, impeachment, or when the president is declared incapable of carrying out the duties of the office. In the event of ascension, the vice president serves as president for the remainder of their predecessor's term, though this period is not considered a term for the purposes of term limits to the presidency. According to Article 63(a), should the president-elect die or become otherwise incapacitated before his or her inauguration, the vice president-elect is sworn in as president in their place, though a term of this nature does constitute a term for the purposes of determining term limits.

To date, five vice presidents have ascended to the presidency, either due to the president's death, resignation, or removal from office: James Skivring Smith, Alfred Francis Russell, William D. Coleman, William Tolbert, and Moses Blah.

There have been twelve vacancies in the office, the first of which occurred between October 26, 1871 and January 1, 1872; after the ascension of James Skivring Smith to the office of president. The most recent vacancy was between August 11, 2003 and January 16, 2006; after the ascension of Moses Blah to the office of president and prior to the election of Joseph Boakai.

List of officeholders

Political parties
Other factions
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party Elected President Notes
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Nathaniel Brander
(1796–?)
January 3, 1848 January 7, 1850 2 years, 4 days Independent 1847 Roberts
2 Anthony D. Williams
(1799–1860)
January 7, 1850 January 2, 1854 3 years, 360 days Independent 1849
1851
3 Stephen Allen Benson
(1816–1865)
January 2, 1854 January 7, 1856 2 years, 5 days Independent 1853
4 Beverly Page Yates
(1811–1883)
January 7, 1856 January 2, 1860 3 years, 360 days Independent 1855 Benson
1857
5 Daniel Bashiel Warner
(1815–1880)
January 2, 1860 January 4, 1864 4 years, 2 days Independent 1859
1861
6 James M. Priest
(1819–1883)
January 4, 1864 January 6, 1868 4 years, 2 days Republican Party 1863 Warner
1865
7 Joseph Gibson
(1823–1886)
January 6, 1868 January 3, 1870 1 year, 362 days Republican Party 1867 Payne
8 James Skivring Smith
(1825–1884)
January 3, 1870 October 26, 1871
(Ascended)
1 year, 296 days True Whig Party 1869 Roye
Vacancy by ascension October 26, 1871 January 1, 1872 Smith
9 Anthony W. Gardiner
(1820–1885)
January 1, 1872 January 3, 1876 4 years, 2 days Republican Party 1871 Roberts
1873
10 Charles Harmon
(1832–1886)
January 3, 1876 January 7, 1878 2 years, 4 days Republican Party 1875 Payne
11 Alfred Francis Russell
(1817–1884)
January 7, 1878 January 20, 1883
(Ascended)
5 years, 13 days True Whig Party 1877 Gardiner
1879
1881
Vacancy by ascension January 20, 1883 January 7, 1884 Russell
12 James Thompson
(?–?)
January 7, 1884 January 4, 1892 7 years, 362 days True Whig Party 1883 Johnson
1885
1887
1889
13 William D. Coleman
(1842–1908)
January 4, 1892 November 12, 1896
(Ascended)
4 years, 313 days True Whig Party 1891 Cheeseman
1893
1895
Vacancy by ascension November 12, 1896 January 3, 1898 Coleman
14 Joseph J. Ross
(1842–1899)
January 3, 1898 October 24, 1899
(Died)
1 year, 294 days True Whig Party 1897
1899
Vacancy by death October 24, 1899 January 6, 1902
Gibson
15 Joseph D. Summerville
(1860–1905)
January 6, 1902 July 27, 1905
(Died)
3 years, 202 days True Whig Party 1901
1903 A. Barclay
Vacancy by death July 27, 1905 January 1, 1906
16 James Jenkins Dossen
(1866–1924)
January 1, 1906 January 1, 1912 6 years True Whig Party 1905
1907
17 Samuel George Harmon
(1861–1925)
January 1, 1912 January 5, 1920 8 years, 4 days True Whig Party 1911 Howard
1915
18 Samuel Alfred Ross
(1870–1929)
January 5, 1920 January 1, 1924 3 years, 361 days True Whig Party 1919 King
19 Henry Too Wesley
(1877–1944)
January 1, 1924 January 2, 1928 4 years, 1 day True Whig Party 1923
20 Allen Yancy
(1881–1941)
January 2, 1928 December 3, 1930
(Resigned)
2 years, 335 days True Whig Party 1927
Vacancy by resignation December 3, 1930 1930 E. Barclay
21 James Skivring Smith Jr.
(1891–1950)
1930 January 3, 1944 13–14 years True Whig Party
1931
1939
22 Clarence Lorenzo Simpson
(1896–1969)
January 3, 1944 January 1, 1952 7 years, 363 days True Whig Party 1943 Tubman
23 William Tolbert
(1913–1980)
January 1, 1952 July 23, 1971
(Ascended)
19 years, 203 days True Whig Party 1951
1955
1959
1963
1967
Vacancy by ascension July 23, 1971 April 1972 1971 Tolbert
24 James Edward Greene
(1914–1977)
April 1972 July 22, 1977
(Died)
5 years, 112 days True Whig Party
1975
Vacancy by death July 22, 1977 October 31, 1977
25 Bennie Dee Warner
(born 1935)
October 31, 1977 April 12, 1980
(Deposed)
2 years, 164 days True Whig Party
Vacancy due to People's Redemption Council April 12, 1980 January 6, 1986
26 Harry Moniba
(1937–2004)
January 6, 1986 September 9, 1990
(Deposed)
4 years, 246 days National Democratic Party 1985 Doe
Vacancy due to First Liberian Civil War September 9, 1990 August 2, 1997
27 Enoch Dogolea
(1951–2000)
August 2, 1997 June 24, 2000
(Died)
2 years, 327 days National Patriotic Party 1997 Taylor
Vacancy by death June 24, 2000 July 24, 2000
28 Moses Blah
(1947–2013)
July 24, 2000 August 11, 2003 3 years, 18 days National Patriotic Party
Vacancy by ascension August 11, 2003 October 3, 2003 Blah
Vacancy due to Accra Peace Agreement October 3, 2003 January 16, 2006
29 Joseph Boakai
(born 1944)
January 16, 2006 January 22, 2018 12 years, 6 days Unity Party 2005 Sirleaf
2011
30 Jewel Taylor
(born 1963)
January 22, 2018 January 22, 2024 6 years National Patriotic Party 2017 Weah
31 Jeremiah Koung
(born 1978)
January 22, 2024 Incumbent 76 days Unity Party 2023 Boakai

Timeline

Jeremiah KoungJewel TaylorJoseph BoakaiMoses BlahEnoch DogoleaHarry MonibaBennie Dee WarnerJames Edward GreeneWilliam TolbertClarence Lorenzo SimpsonJames Skivring Smith Jr.Allen YancyHenry Too WesleySamuel Alfred RossSamuel George HarmonJames Jenkins DossenJoseph D. SummervilleJoseph J. RossWilliam D. ColemanJames Thompson (politician)Alfred Francis RussellCharles HarmonAnthony W. GardinerJames Skivring SmithJoseph GibsonJames M. PriestDaniel Bashiel WarnerBeverly Page YatesStephen Allen BensonAnthony D. Williams (politician)Nathaniel Brander

See also


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