William Hughes (U.S. senator)

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William Hughes
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United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1913 – January 30, 1918
Preceded byFrank O. Briggs
Succeeded byDavid Baird
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byRichard W. Parker
Succeeded byHenry C. Allen
In office
March 4, 1907 – September 27, 1912
Preceded byHenry C. Allen
Succeeded byArchibald C. Hart
Personal details
Born(1872-04-03)April 3, 1872
Drogheda, Ireland
DiedJanuary 30, 1918(1918-01-30) (aged 45)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
NationalityIrish
American
Political partyDemocratic

William Hughes (April 3, 1872 – January 30, 1918) was an American politician of Irish origin. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in both houses of the United States Congress as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 6th congressional district from 1903 to 1905 and again from 1907 to 1912 and a United States senator from New Jersey from 1913 to 1918.

Biography[edit]

Hughes was born in Drogheda, Ireland and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1880. They settled in Paterson, New Jersey. His first jobs were as a stenographer in New York City and a court reporter in Paterson. He served in the United States Army throughout the Spanish–American War after which he became a lawyer and practiced in Paterson.

In 1902, Hughes successfully ran for his first political office as a Democrat and represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served a single term before falling to Henry C. Allen in his bid for re-election. In 1906, he ran again for the same seat and served three more terms in the House before resigning on September 12, 1912 to accept an appointment to be judge on the court of common pleas of Passaic County.

Months later, Hughes was elected to the United States Senate from New Jersey but served less than five years before dying in office at age 45.

Hughes is buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, New Jersey.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • "HUGHES, William". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2006-05-12.
  • William Hughes, late a senator from New Jersey, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1919
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard W. Parker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th congressional district

1903–1905
Succeeded by
Henry C. Allen
Preceded by
Henry C. Allen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th congressional district

1907–1912
Succeeded by
Archibald C. Hart
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Frank O. Briggs
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
1913–1918
Served alongside: James E. Martine
Succeeded by
David Baird