1855 – Macon B. Allen became the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.


Macon Bolling Allen

1. Macon Bolling Allen was born a free man in Indiana in 1816. His birth name was Allen Macon Bolling. Allen changed his name when he moved to Portland, Maine from Indiana.

2. Macon Allen primarily taught himself how to read and write and was employed as a school teacher before becoming an attorney.

Macon Bolling Allen Document

3. He learned about law by serving as an apprentice to General Fessenden. General Samuel Fessenden was a white local anti-slavery leader and an attorney. General Samuel Fessenden was also the individual responsible for recommending Macon to the Bar and requesting that he be allowed to practice law in the state of Maine.