George Arthur Padmore

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George Arthur Padmore
President John F. Kennedy meets with Vice President of Liberia William R. Tolbert. (L-R) President Kennedy, Vice President Tolbert, Liberian Ambassador George Padmore, and Deputy Director of the Office of West African Affairs Wendell B. Coote hold a quilted coverlet adorned with the Liberian and American flags.
Born(1915-07-16)July 16, 1915
DiedApril 15, 2005(2005-04-15) (aged 89)

George Arthur Padmore (July 16, 1915 – April 15, 2005) was a Liberian diplomat. From 1956 to 1961 he was Liberian Ambassador to the United States.


Padmore was born on July 16, 1915,[1] the grandson of General George Stanley Padmore,[2] and the son of James Stanley Padmore and Mary Louise Barclay-Padmore, who had emigrated to Liberia from Barbados. His older sister was Antoinette Tubman. After Padmore's parents died in a canoeing accident on the Saint Paul River,[3] he became the adopted son of the politician Edwin Barclay and his wife Euphemia.

In April 1939 Padmore married Edith Mai Wiles,[1] who would later serve as Liberia's first woman cabinet minister.[4] The couple had five children.[5]

Padmore died at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland on April 15, 2005.[6]



  1. ^ a b World Biography. New York: Institute for Research in Biography. 1954. p. 911.
  2. ^ West Africa, 1961, p.293.
  3. ^ Joe Bartuah, Liberian Democracy and the Scourge of Political Patronage, The Perspective, July 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Elwood D. Dunn; Amos J. Beyan; Carl Patrick Burrowes (2000). Historical Dictionary of Liberia. Scarecrow Press. p. 255. ISBN 978-1-4616-5931-0.
  5. ^ John Dickie; Alan Rake (1973). Who's who in Africa: The Political, Military and Business Leaders of Africa. African Development. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-9502755-0-5.
  6. ^ Liberia Ambassador George A. Padmore is Dead, Liberian Observer, 16 April 2005.