On July 3, 1844, Macon Bolling Allen became the first African American licensed to practice law in the United States. He earned recommendation and passed the exam in the state of Maine. Allen was born free and learned to read and write on his own. White people were unwilling to have a black man represent them, so Allen moved to Boston, Massachusetts and passed the bar exam. While in Massachusetts, Macon Bolling Allen and Robert Morris, Jr. opened the first black law office in the United States.
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