James H. Hughes
James H. Hughes
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1943
|Preceded by||Daniel O. Hastings|
|Succeeded by||C. Douglass Buck|
|Delaware Secretary of State|
|Governor||Ebe W. Tunnell|
|Preceded by||William H. Boyce|
|Succeeded by||Caleb R. Layton|
James Hurd Hughes
January 14, 1867
Felton, Delaware, U.S.
|Died||August 29, 1953 (aged 86)|
Lewes, Delaware, U.S.
|Residence||Dover, Delaware, U.S.|
James Hurd Hughes (January 14, 1867 – August 29, 1953) was an American lawyer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party who served as U.S. Senator from Delaware.
Early life and family
Hughes was born in Kent County, Delaware, near Felton, the son of Rebecca (Hurd) and Ebenezer Hughes. He attended the Collegiate Institute in Dover, taught school for a few years, studied law, and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1890. Along with his law practice, he was engaged in agricultural pursuits and banking.
Hughes served as the Delaware Secretary of State from 1897 until 1901. He ran for governor of Delaware in 1916 but was defeated by Republican John G. Townsend, Jr., a businessman from Selbyville, Delaware. Twenty years later, in 1936 he was elected to the U. S. Senate, defeating incumbent Republican U. S. Senator Daniel O. Hastings. During this term, he served with the Democratic majority in the 75th, 76th, and 77th Congress.
Hughes lost his bid for a second term in 1942, losing the Democratic Party nomination to E. Ennalls Berl. In all, he served from January 3, 1937, until January 2, 1943, during the administration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After completing his term in the Senate, he returned to the practice of law. All the while, from 1905 until his death, he was a director of the Farmers' Bank of Delaware.
Death and legacy
Hughes died at Lewes and is buried in the Lakeside Methodist Episcopal Cemetery at Dover.
Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Senators are popularly elected and take office January 3 for a six-year term.
|Office||Type||Location||Began office||Ended office||notes|
|Secretary of State||Executive||Dover||1897||1901||Delaware|
|U.S. Senator||Legislature||Washington||January 3, 1937||January 3, 1943||class 2|
|United States Congressional service|
|1937–1939||75th||U.S. Senate||Democratic||Franklin D. Roosevelt||class 2|
|1939–1941||76th||U.S. Senate||Democratic||Franklin D. Roosevelt||class 2|
|1941–1943||77th||U.S. Senate||Democratic||Franklin D. Roosevelt||class 2|
|1916||Governor||James H. Hughes||Democratic||24,053||47%||John G. Townsend, Jr.||Republican||26,664||52%|
|1936||U.S. Senate||James H. Hughes||Democratic||67,136||53%||Daniel O. Hastings||Republican||52,469||41%|
- Carter, Richard B. (2001). Clearing New Ground, The Life of John G. Townsend, Jr. Wilmington, Delaware: The Delaware Heritage Press. ISBN 0-924117-20-6.
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Delaware’s Members of Congress
- Find a Grave
- The Political Graveyard
Daniel O. Hastings
| U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Delaware
Served alongside: John G. Townsend, Jr., James M. Tunnell
C. Douglass Buck