Langston Hughes

Poet from United States of America

Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue" which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue". Both of Hughes' paternal great-grandmothers were African-American and both of his paternal great-grandfathers were white. One of these men was a Scottish-American whiskey distiller and the other was a Jewish-American slave trader. Hughes's maternal grandmother Mary Patterson was of African-American, French, English and Native American descent. One of the first women to attend Oberlin College, she first married Lewis Sheridan Leary, also of mixed race. Lewis Sheridan Leary subsequently joined John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859 and died from his wounds. In 1869 the widow Mary Patterson Leary married again, into the elite, politically active Langston family. Her second husband was Charles Henry Langston, of African-American, Native American, and Euro-American ancestry.  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Hughes, Langston,James Mercer Langston Hughes,Lengstons Hjūzs
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Novelist, Playwright, Essayist, Poet, Dramatist, Author, Social activist, Lyricist, Writer


Institution From To
Columbia University
Lincoln University


Date of death
Cause of death
Prostate cancer
Place of death
New York City

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