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Buckner, George Washington

(born: 1855  -  died: 1943) 

George W. Buckner was born a slave in Green County, KY; after being freed, he went on to become a physician. Buckner taught school in Kentucky and Indiana for 17 years before moving to Monrovia, Liberia, where he was the U.S. Minister to Liberia from 1913 to 1915. He was the first African American diplomat appointed to a foreign country. For more see The Political GraveyardWho's Who of the Colored Race, 1915; and Who Was Who in America: A component volume of Who's Who in American History, vol. 4, 1961-1968. See also The Diplomat and the Librarian in Little Known Black Librarian Facts (blog).


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NKAA Source: Who's who of the colored race : a general biographical dictionary of men and women of African descent, v.1 (1915)
NKAA Source: Who was who in America. V.4, 1961-1968: with world notables : a component volume of Who's who in American history

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