New York, NY
John Mercer Langston 1829-1897, Son
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John Mercer Langston (1829-1897), son of a white Virginia planter and a slave mother, was freed as a young child and educated, graduating from Oberlin College in 1849. In 1888 he won election to the House of Representatives, but spent most of his term fighting to be seated and served only six months.
December 6th, 2011
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