Washington, D.C. Rufus H. Darby, 1883. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo. 286 pages; VG; bound in publisher's printed wraps, light chipping to tail of spine, mild wear and rubbing, small closed tear to fore edge of front cover; engraved frontispiece portrait of the author with tissue-guard; interior clean; NG consignment; shelved case 1.
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John Mercer Langston was the first Black person elected to Congress from Virginia, and the last for another century. The first known Black person to apply to an American law school and the first admitted to the Ohio bar, he later participated in the Underground Railroad and became the founding Dean of the Law School at Howard University, the first Black law school in the country. He helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1875 and was appointed as U.S. Minister to Haiti. He was the great-uncle of the renowned poet Langston Hughes.