New York, NY
John Mercer Langston 1829-1897
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John Mercer Langston (1829-1897), was the first known African American elected to public office in 1855, in Ohio. He was a founder and first president of the National Equal Rights League in 1864; Vice President of Howard University (1872-76); diplomat to Haiti and Santo Domingo (1877-85); and Congressman (1890-91).
December 6th, 2011
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