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Bensonville

Bensonville
Bentol, Bentol City
Bensonville is located in Liberia
Bensonville
Location in Liberia
Coordinates:
Country Liberia
County Montserrado County
Elevation 298 ft (90 m)
Population (2008)
 • Total 4,089

Bensonville is the capital city of Montserrado County, Liberia. As of the 2008 national census, its population stood at 4,089.[1] Bensonville is located 20 miles away from the national capital, Monrovia, which is also located in Montserrado County.[2] It is a commercial center for the surrounding agricultural area.[3]

It was the birthplace of William R. Tolbert, Jr., the 20th president of Liberia. Before he was killed in a coup in 1980, Tolbert had planned to make Bensonville the country's new capital city.[2]

Prior to the Liberian Civil War, Bensonville's industrial activity included producing milled rice, sawn wood, soap, plastics, paints, furniture and fixtures, cement blocks, oils, processed fish, and confections.[3]

References

  1. ^ "2008 National Population and Housing Census: Preliminary Results" (PDF). Government of the Republic of Liberia. 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b Vick, Karl. "Liberian Strife Is Traced To Turbulent Past: Some Blame Turmoil On Its American Roots", Washington Post, Foreign Service, August 10, 2003.
  3. ^ a b "Bentol" Britannica Online Encyclopedia

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