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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.

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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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