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John Mercer Langston (1829-1897)  
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John Mercer Langston Small Picture Collection

John Mercer Langston (1829-1897)

Description:  Photograph of John Mercer Langston (1829-1897), an African American lawyer, congressman, and university official from Virginia and Ohio. In 1855, Langston was elected as clerk of Brownhelm Township, Lorain County, Ohio, making him the first African American elected to public office in the United States.


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