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John Mercer Langston

Born: 14-Dec-1829
Birthplace: Louisa County, VA
Died: 15-Nov-1897
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Washington, DC

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First black Congressman elected from Virginia

Father: Ralph Quarles (slaveowner, d. 1834)
Mother: Lucy Langston (former slave, d. 1834)
Brother: Gideon
Brother: Charles
Sister: Maria
Wife: Caroline M. Wall (m. 1854)
Son: Arthur Langston
Son: Ralph Langston
Son: Nettu Langston
Son: Frank Langston
Daughter: Jennie Langston
Daughter: Chigne Langston

    University: Oberlin College (1849)
    Theological: Oberlin College (1852)
    Administrator: Founder, Howard University Law School
    Administrator: President, Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (1885)

    US Congressman, Virginia 4th (1890-91)
    US Ambassador to Haiti (1877-85)
    City Council Oberlin (1865-67)
    Freedman's Bureau Educational Inspector
    National Equal Rights League 1864
    Ohio State Bar Association 1854

Author of books:
From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol: or, The First and Only Negro Representative in Congress from the Old Dominion (1894, autobiography)


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