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Lawyer , politician , diplomatist

Joseph GRIMES, Liberian lawyer, diplomatist and politician. Order of the Pioneers; Order of the African Redemption. Liberian National Constitution Commission. Chair, of its Drafting Committee 1981-1983, Board of Trustees, Monrovia College, and College, of W. Africa; Liberian Delegate to Asian Conference, Bandung 1955, to Heads of African States Conference 1961, to 15th-26th Sessions of United Nations General.

Background

Grimes, Joseph Rudolph was born on October 31, 1923 in Monrovia, Liberia. Son of Louis Arthur and Victoria Elizabeth (Cheeseman) Grimes.

Education

Bachelor, Liberia College, 1944. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1949. Master in International Affaris, Columbia University, 1951.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Columbia University, 1971.

Career

Executive Mansion 1942-1947. Counsellor, Department, of State 1951-1956. Organized and served as first Director Louis Grimes School of Law, Liberia University 1954-1958.

Under-Secretary of State 1956-1960, Secretary of State 1960-1972. Consultant, Liberia Tractor and Equipment 1972-1976, President 1976-1978, Chairman 1978-1988. Director W. African Explosives and Chemical Company, Liberia Tractor and Equipment Company, Monrovia Breweries, Elias Bros.

Company since 1983, National Bank of Liberia 1976-1984. Chairman, Board of directors, P.T.P. Timber Industries Ltd. 1978-1987, Stevfor, Denco Shipping Lines Inc.

Chancellor Episcopal Diocese of Liberia since 1976. Vice President Board of Trustees, University of Liberia 1977-1980. Vice-Moderator Church Commission, on Institute Affairs (WCC) 1976-1983.

Achievements

  • Bar: Liberia 1952.

Works

  • Other Work

    • African Developments in Historical Perspective 1980, Anns Race and Development in Africa 1980 (for Churches’ Commission, on Institute Affairs of WCC).

Membership

Liberian National Constitution Commission. Chair, of its Drafting Committee 1981-1983, Board of Trustees, Monrovia College, and College, of W. Africa. Liberian Delegate to Asian Conference, Bandung 1955, to Heads of African States Conference 1961, to 15th-26th Sessions of United Nations General.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Reading, croquet.

Connections

Married Doris D. Duncan, October 31, 1954. Children: Dolly, Doris.

father:
Louis Arthur Grimes

mother:
Victoria Elizabeth (Cheeseman) Grimes

spouse:
Doris D. Duncan

child:
Dolly Grimes

child:
Doris Grimes