From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Russell, Alfred Francis

(born: 1821  -  died: 1884) 

Born in Bourbon County, KY or Lexington, KY, Alfred F. Russell was referred to as a white slave; it was believed that Alfred was the son of a fair-skinned slave named Milly and a white father, John Russell, the son of Mary Owen Todd Russell Wickliffe, the richest woman in Kentucky.

With the help of Mary Wickliffe, Alfred and his mother left Kentucky for Liberia in 1833. Alfred later served as Vice President of Liberia, then became its tenth President (1883-1884) when he completed A. W. Gardiner's term.

For more see Letters from Liberia to Kentucky, Box 50, Wickliffe-Preston Family Papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center; The Political and Legislartive History of Liberia, by C. H. Huberich and "Afred F. Russell" at the LiberiaInfo website.

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