John Mercer Langston Birthplace

John Mercer Langston Birthplace (HMRY4)

Location: Louisa, VA 23093 Louisa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 1.466', W 78° 0.177'

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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 Brownheim, 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 d'affaires 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.
HM NumberHMRY4
Marker NumberW 222
Year Placed1995
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 8:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 763074 N 4212766
Decimal Degrees38.02443333, -78.00295000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 1.466', W 78° 0.177'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 1' 27.96" N, 78° 0' 10.62" W
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Area Code(s)540, 804, 434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4849 Courthouse Square, Louisa VA 23093, US
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