March 04, 2023
African American Politicians / African Americans/ Blacks In Politics pt-6
Thier has been a renewed interest in our countries political process . This can be contributed in part to having our frist African American/ black president . However in this article I would like to share with you an African American Politician that was the frist to serve in the house of representatives .
John Mercer Langston was born free on December 14, 1829 in Louisa County, Virginia . History records that in 1849 he earned his bachelor’s degree . A few years latter in 1852 he recived a master degree in theology . John Mercer Langston also had a deep interest in how the law worked , and how it was relevant to the conditions of Blacks / African American people.
After being denied twice into law school, Langston studied under a local aboltionist. Some time latter the court confirmed that his knowledge of law was enough to admit him to the Ohio Bar . He set up his practice in Brownhelm , Ohio. In 1854 history records that he married Caroline Matilda Wall , She was from North Carolina .
Not much is known of her early life but our research information indicate that she was a graduate of Oberlin College . John Mercer Langston was one of the most outspoken African American Politicians / Blacks in Politics during his time . John Mercer Langston was elected to congress in 1888 .
Langston was also a strong adovate for civil rights. It is a little known black history fact that John Mercer Langston was the first dean of Howard University law school, ( HBCU ) and helped create the department . History records that Langston spent his last years traveling between Petersburg and Washington and writing his autobiography .
This African American Politican rose from a plantation in Virigina to our nations capitol. A Genealogical study shows that this African American Politican was the great uncle of Langston Hughes (poet) . SoulTic Magazine salutes this great African American Politican for being a pioneer for African Americans that have a interest in politics and in law.