James Alexander Adolphus Pierre
(July 18, 1908 – April 22, 1980) was the 13th Chief Justice
, serving from 1971 until his death in 1980. He had previously served as the Attorney General
of Liberia from 1964 to 1971 in the administration of William Tubman
Following a military coup d'état
on the night of April 12, 1980, staged by enlisted men of the army, the Liberian government was overthrown and senior government officials were arrested. Ten days later, on April 22, 1980, thirteen of them, including Chief Justice Pierre, were summarily executed.
Pierre was born in Hartford, Grand Bassa County
in Liberia on July 18, 1908, the son of Dr. Alexander A. Pierre and Serena M. Pierre. He completed his early education at nearby Bassa Industrial Academy (BIA) and thereafter attended Cuttington Divinity School, then located in Maryland County
. He was a member of the class of 1929, the school's last graduating class.
His godfather, James Early, who was then employed as an auditor at the Treasury Department in Monrovia
sponsored the young Pierre who was trained as an account clerk. James Pierre began employment with the Treasury Department, eventually becoming one of the Liberian government's revenue agents responsible for out station collection of taxes. This entailed him having to re-locate to Kakata
He left government service and obtained employment with CFAO, a local French commercial house in Monrovia, as an accountant. He was later employed as the Head... Read More