Bennie Dee Warner

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Bennie Dee Warner is a Liberian politician and clergyman. He served as the country's Vice President from 1977 to 1980.1

Born on 30 April 1935 in Careysburg District, Montserrado County, Warner was a bishop in the United Methodist Church for four years before he was plucked from relative obscurity to become Vice President in 1977, succeeding James Edward Greene.2 Warner was attending a conference of Methodist bishops in Nashville, Indiana when a military coup led by Samuel Doe overthrew the Liberian government on 12 April 1980.3 Warner attempted to form a government in exile in Ivory Coast to challenge the coup makers.4 A month after he was evicted from political power, he was removed from ecclesiastical power: Methodist minister D. Sieh Doe proclaimed the bishopric vacant, and for six months the seat was empty and the church run by Warner's administrative assistant.5 On 6 December, the Annual Conference elected as his successor Alfred S. Kula, formerly the dean of the Gbarnga School of Theology. Warner had been the second bishop in the history of the church in Liberia.6 Four years after Warner was overthrown, Commander-in-Chief Samuel Doe proclaimed clemency for him and announced that he was free to return to Liberia.7

Bishop Warner later established residence in Oklahoma City, where he taught at the United Methodist Oklahoma City University and pastored Quayle United Methodist Church. He then served in Syracuse N.Y, before being appointed District Superintendent of the Camden District of the United Methodist Church in Arkansas.verification needed


  1. ^ Ethnic Tensions in Liberia's National Identity Crisis: Problems and ... Emmanuel Dolo - 2007 - - Page 26
  2. ^ "Rev. Davis Succeeds Warner". The Sunday People 1980-05-18: 1/4.
  3. ^ "Tobert's Aide in U.S.". The New York Times. April 13, 1980. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ Methodists Prepare to Quit Liberia As Their Bishop Challenges Regime New York Times May 1, 1980
  5. ^ "Methodists to Elect New Bishop". The Sunday People 1980-11-30: 8.
  6. ^ "Bishop Warner Ousted". The Sunday People 1980-12-07: 1/8.
  7. ^ "Clemency for Warner". Sunday Express 1984-07-29: 8.
Preceded by
James Edward Greene
Vice President of Liberia
1977 – 1980
Succeeded by
Henry Fumba Moniba

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