JOHN MERCER LANGSTON BIRTHPLACE John Mercer Langston Was Born 5 . 5 Miles N . W ...
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Description: JOHN MERCER LANGSTON BIRTHPLACE John Mercer Langston was born 5 . 5 miles N . W . of here on 14 Dec . 1829 , son of plantation owner Ralph Quarles and his former slave Lucy Langston . A graduate of Oberlin College ( 1849 ) , in 1855 Langston became township clerk of Brownhelm , Ohio the first African American popularly elected to office . During the Civil War , he recruited regiments for the Union army . Afterward , he was founder and first dean of the Law Department of Howard University , served as minister resident in Haiti and charge daffaires in Santo Domingo , and was first president of what is now Virginia State University . In 1888 he became the first black congressman elected from Virginia . He died on 15 Nov . 1897 in Washington , D . C .