(1843–1903). Lawyer and leading public figure among the Krio (then called ‘Creole’) people of Sierra Leone. His father was a wealthy businessman who sent him to London to study law. Called to the Bar in 1871, on his return home he built up a substantial legal practice. Quiet-mannered, a dedicated Methodist, unobtrusive in appearance, he owed his success to his well-grounded legal knowledge, not to histrionic display. Although he occasionally acted for the government, he preferred the independence and financial rewards of private practice.
From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: British History.