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John Mercer Langston

John Mercer Langston was born on December 14, 1829 in Louisa County, Virginia. He was the first African American from Virginia elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The document below is the registration documenting Langston's freedman status in Louisa County as a child. The photographs are the graves of Langston's parents.