Judge Mercer Mance Is The First African American Elected To A Court In Indiana

Lawyer and Judge Mercer Mance was a Marion County Superior Court judge and the first black elected to a court in Indiana. He was elected Superior Court judge in 1958 and served for three additional terms until 1978.


Mance earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University in 1931 and received a law degree from Harvard University School of Law in 1934.

Mance also served as state supervisor for the National Youth Administration, a public defender in the criminal courts, a deputy prosecuting attorney, and a deputy Indiana attorney general.


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