Spreading Good News (Part 170)

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Macon Bolling Allen – America’s first African-American attorney and Justice of the Peace

Macon Bolling Allen was an African-American lawyer and abolitionist.  He was the first African-American licensed to practice law in the United States and the first African-American Justice of the Peace.  Allen was accepted to the bar in 1844 in Portland, Maine.  In 1845, he was admitted as the first licensed black American attorney to the bar in Boston, Massachusetts.  During the American Civil War, Allen moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he believed his legal skills could be more useful.  In November 1873, he was elected judge of the Inferior Court of Charleston.  (Note:  An “inferior” court is any court whose cases can be appealed to a higher one.  Has nothing to do with skin color.)  One year later, he was elected judge probate for Charleston County, South Carolina.

Early Life

Allen was born Allen Macon Bolling in Indiana in 1816.  He later changed his name to Macon Bolling Allen.  He grew up as a free man.  Allen learned to read and write on his own and eventually landed his first a job as a school teacher, where he further improved his reading and writing skills.

Practicing Law

After passing the exam in Maine and earning his recommendation, he was declared a citizen of Maine and given his license to practice law on July 3, 1844.  It was hard to find work in Maine because whites were unwilling to have a black man representing them in court.

In 1845, Allen moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he met his wife Hannah.  They had five sons.

He passed the Massachusetts Bar Exam on May 5, 1845.  Shortly afterwards, he and Robert Morris, Jr., opened the first black law office in the United States.

Henry Bodwich, a white abolitionist, wrote the following regarding Allen:  “. . .there is a method of exclusion more terrible than merely a formal one…the gentleman alluded to would starve in that profession.”  Discouraged at his prospects in Boston, Macon wrote a letter to an abolitonist in New York City and relocated there.

He soon set his sights even higher; in 1848 he passed another rigorous exam to become Justice of the Peace for Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  In addition to his license to practice law, he is believed to be the first black man to hold a judiciary position.

Later years

After Reconstruction, Allen moved again, this time to Washington, D.C., where he worked as an attorney for the Land and Improvement Association.  He continued to practice law up until his death—at age 78.

Source:  The Internet

About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of 10 books (mostly non-fiction)--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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1 Response to Spreading Good News (Part 170)

  1. Kortnie and Konto says:

    That was good!!!

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