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George Washington Buckner (1855-1943), was the first African American to become the head of a United States diplomatic mission to a foreign country. Born into slavery in Kentucky, he became a physician with a practice in Evansville, Indiana, and was active in the Democratic Party. In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson named him "minister resident" and consul general to the West African nation of Liberia. Illness from a tropic disease, probably malaria, forced him to resign the post in 1915.

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