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This is John Mercer Langston and he was the first Black man to become a lawyer in Ohio.  He passed the bar in 1854.  In 1855 he became one of the first African Americans ever elected to public office in America.  He was also the great uncle of famous poet, Langston Hughes.  There is also a college named after him IN WHICH I ATTENDED!!! Langston University in Langston Oklahoma!

 

 

 

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