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Langston, John Mercer, 1829-1897

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Personal name headingLangston, John Mercer, 1829-1897
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Variant(s)Langston, J. Mercer (John Mercer), 1829-1897
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date18291214
Death date18971115
Place of birthLouisa County (Va.)
Place of deathWashington (D.C.)
AffiliationOberlin College Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) Ohio Anti-slavery Society Howard University Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute United States. Congress. House
Profession or occupationSculptors Lawyers Diplomats Legislators
Found inCheek, W.F. John Mercer Langston and the fight for Black ... c1989: CIP t.p. (John Mercer Langston) galley (1829-1897)
LC data base, 4-5-88 (hdg.: Langston, John Mercer, 1829-1897)
His A speech on equality before the law, 1866: t.p. (J. Mercer Langston)
African American National Biography, accessed February 20, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Langston, John Mercer; sculptor, civil rights activist, diplomat, lawyer, political figure; born14 December, 1829 in Louisa County, Virginia, United States; BA degree, Oberlin College (1849); first black graduate of theological program, Oberlin College (1853); orator, black civil rights movement, Ohio (1848-1860s); helped forming of the Republican Party on the Western Reserve; was township clerk on the Free Democratic (Free Soil) ticket (1855), public executive and adroit attorney, Oberlin College (1856-1871); organized and headed Ohio State Anti-Slavery Society (1858); was elected first president of the National Equal Rights League (1864-1868); founded law department and was first law dean, Howard University (1869), vice president and acting president, Howard University (1873-1875); was appointed to Board of Health of District of Columbia (1871-1877) and U.S. minister and consul general to Haiti (1877-1885); headed state college for African Americans, the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, Petersburg (1885-1887); became the first African American elected to Congress from Virginia (1890); died 15 November, 1897 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States)