Charles Evans Hughes

Charles Evans Hughes


Charles Evans Hughes, Sr. was an American statesman, lawyer and Republican politician from New York. He served as the 36th Governor of New York (1907–1910), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1910–1916), United States Secretary of State (1921–1925), a judge on the Court of International Justice (1928–1930), and the 11th Chief Justice of the United States (1930–1941). He was the Republican candidate in the 1916 U.S.… Read More

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1862 Birth Born on April 11, 1862.


1882 20 Years Old He read law and entered Columbia Law School in 1882, where he graduated in 1884 with highest honors. … Read More
1885 23 Years Old In 1885, Hughes met Antoinette Carter, the daughter of a senior partner of the law firm where he worked, and they were married in 1888. … Read More
1888 26 Years Old After graduating Hughes began working for Chamberlain, Carter & Hornblower where he met his future wife. In 1888, shortly after he was married, he became a partner in the firm, and the name was changed to Carter, Hughes & Cravath. … Read More
1891 29 Years Old In 1891, Hughes left the practice of law to become a professor at Cornell Law School.


In 1893, he returned to his old law firm in New York City to continue practicing until he ran for governor in 1906.


1905 43 Years Old At that time, in addition to practicing law, Hughes taught at New York Law School with Woodrow Wilson, who would later defeat him for the Presidency. In 1905, he was appointed as counsel to the New York state legislative "Stevens Gas Commission", a committee investigating utility rates. … Read More
In 1906, he was appointed to the "Armstrong Insurance Commission" to investigate the insurance industry in New York as a special assistant to U.S. Attorney General. … Read More
On social issues, Hughes strongly supported relatively limited social reforms. He endorsed the Page-Prentice Act of 1907, which set an eight-hour day and forty-eight-hour week for factory workers—but only for those under the age of sixteen. … Read More
1908 - 1909 3 More Events
On April 25, 1910, President William H. Taft nominated Hughes for Associate Justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice David J. Brewer.


1916 54 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was the Republican nominee in the 1916 U.S. Presidential election, losing narrowly to incumbent President Woodrow Wilson. … Read More
1917 55 Years Old For many years, he was a member of the Union League Club of New York and served as its president from 1917 to 1919.
1920 58 Years Old Despite coming close to winning the presidency, Hughes did not seek the Republican nomination again in 1920. … Read More
1921 59 Years Old Hughes returned to government office in March 1921 as Secretary of State under President Harding. … Read More


1922 - 1929 7 More Events
1930 68 Years Old Hughes was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 13, 1930, and received commission the same day, serving in this capacity until 1941.
1933 71 Years Old Hughes as Chief Justice swore in President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, 1937 and 1941. … Read More
1935 73 Years Old By 1935, Hughes felt the court's four conservative Justices had disregarded common law and sought to curb their power. … Read More
On one occasion, Hughes would side with the conservatives in striking down the New Deal's Agricultural Adjustment Act in the 1936 case United States v. Butler, which held that the law was unconstitutional because its so-called tax policy was a coercive regulation rather than a tax measure and the federal government lacked authority to regulate agriculture. … Read More
1937 75 Years Old 1 More Event
President Roosevelt announced his court reform bill on February 5, 1937, the day of the first conference vote after Stone's February 1, 1937 return to the bench.
1948 86 Years Old On August 27, 1948, at the age of 86, Hughes died in what is now the Tiffany Cottage of the Wianno Club in Osterville, Massachusetts. … Read More
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