|Creator:||Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.|
|Title:||Charles Evans Hughes Letters|
|Quantity:||67 items (SC)|
|Abstract:||Papers of the Lawyer, New York State governor, presidential candidate, U.S. Secretary of State. Outgoing correspondence, with the exception of two incoming letters from Horatio C. King and George B. McClellan. Most of the letters are responses to recommendations for various appointments and speaking invitations. Letters to John Barrett, Princess Bibesco, Joseph Buffington, Samuel P. Cadman, Samuel M. Cavert, Edward Fallows, Bert M. Fernald, Roy G. Fitzgerald, Julius Frank, Robert H. Fuller, Martin H. Glynn, Paul Hickok, Hamilton Holt, R. U. Johnson, Winfield Jones, William A. Nash, Clarence Owens, Robert Paine, Amasa J. Parker, George Pratt, Palmer Ricketts, E. Quincy Smith, Robert E. Speer, Frederic J. Stimson, Charles Vrooman, Albert H. Walker, Henry Wallace, George W. Wickersham, and Sidney Woodward.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948) was an American lawyer and politician who served as Governor of New York, U.S. Secretary of State, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Charles Evans Hughes was born in Glen Falls, New York on April 11, 1862. His parents David Charles Hughes, a Methodist preacher, and Mary Connelly, a Baptist minister's daughter, were deeply religious. An intelligent child, Hughes began attending Madison College (presently Colgate University) at the age of fourteen before transferring to Brown University. He graduated first in his class from Columbia Law School and began practicing law in 1884. While working at the firm Chamberlin, Carter, and Hornblower, Hughes met his future wife, Antoinette Carter, the daughter of Walter S. Carter, a senior partner in the firm.
Hughes established himself politically by leading investigations into corporate corruption and the insurance industry. In 1906 he was elected Governor of New York. Four years later, President William Howard Taft appointed Hughes to the United States Supreme Court. Hughes left his Associate Justice position to run on the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1916, but lost to Woodrow Wilson. After a few years in private practice, Hughes served as Secretary of State from 1921 to 1925 under Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge. During his tenure, Hughes focused on various international efforts to avert another great war.
In 1930, President Herbert Hoover named Hughes the eleventh Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Hughes court faced the Great Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's court-packing plan. While in this position Hughes also oversaw the opening of the Supreme Court building in 1935. He resigned his post in 1941. Hughes died in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on August 27, 1948.
Works Written by Hughes
|1909||Conditions of Progress in the Democratic Government|
|1925||The Pathway of Peace, and Other Addresses|
|1927||The Supreme Court of the United States|
|1928||Our Relation with the Nations of the Western Hemisphere|
|1929||Pan American Peace Plans|
The Charles Evans Hughes Letters are a collection of 65 outgoing and two incoming items written between 1894 and 1934. As a lawyer, New York State Governor, Secretary of State under Warren G. Harding, and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Hughes answered letters from constituents, politicians (Martin H. Glynn, George B. McClellan), editors (Hamilton Holt, Louis Wiley), and clergymen (S. Parkes Cadman, Samuel Cavert, Smith T. Ford, Paul Hickok, Charles MacFarland, Robert E. Speer). Most of the letters are responses to recommendations for various appointments (Joseph Buffington, Joseph Carlino, Edward H. Fallows, McClellan, Wiley) as well as social and speaking invitations (G. Lennox Curtis, Ford, D. W. Hakes, Roy F. Fitzgerald, Winfield Jones, Mrs. J. E. Norcross, Clarence J. Owens, Amasa Parker, D. H. Pierson, Palmer C. Ricketts). In addition to a number of letters of introduction (Princess Bibesco, Diplomatic and Consular Office), there are also several responses to congratulatory messages received upon Lodge's assumption of various appointments (John Barrett, Ford, Lilla Day Monroe, William R. Rose).
The collection contains one series, Correspondence, which is arranged chronologically. There is also an alphabetical Index to the Correspondence located at the end of the finding aid.
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Charles Evans Hughes Letters
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Created by: KM
Date: Feb 1989
Revision history: 12 Nov 2008 - converted to EAD (LDC); 21 Mar 2014 - corrected Bibesco (MRC)
|SC 79||1894-1907 (9 letters)|
|SC 79||1908 (7 letters)|
|SC 79||1909-1910 (6 letters)|
|SC 79||1911-1920 (8 letters)|
|SC 79||1921 (7 letters)|
|SC 79||1922 (5 letters)|
|SC 79||1923 (9 letters)|
|SC 79||1924-1925 (6 letters)|
|SC 79||1927-1928 (5 letters)|
|SC 79||1929-1930, 1934 (5 letters)|