John Mercer Langston

John Mercer Langston
1829 - 1897

John Mercer Langston  American Activist


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First Name John
Middle Name Mercer
Last Name Langston
Birthday 14th December, 1829
Birthplace Louisa County, Virginia
Died 15th November, 1897
Place of Death Washington, D.C., U.S.
Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Benning, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Nationality American
Occupation Activist

John Mercer Langston (December 14, 1829 – November 15, 1897) was an American abolitionist, attorney, educator, activist, diplomat, and politician. An African American, he became the first dean of the law school at Howard University and helped create the department. He was the first president of what is now Virginia State University, a historically black college.

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