The New Student's Reference Work/Hughes, Charles Evans

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Charles E. Hughes

Hughes, Charles Evans, governor of New York, was born at Glens Falls, N. Y., April 11, 1862. He was educated in the public schools of Newark, N. J., and graduated from Brown University in 1881. During the next two years he taught mathematics at Delaware Academy, Delhi, and attended Columbia Law School, graduating in 1884 and being prize-fellow from 1884 to 1887. He was admitted to the New York bar in June, 1884, and practiced in New York from 1884 to 1891. He was professor of law at Cornell Law School from 1893 to 1895 and in New York Law School from 1893 to 1902. He achieved national distinction as chief counsel for the Armstrong committee in its life-insurance investigation (1903–4). In 1905 he declined the nomination of the Republicans for mayor of New York. He was elected governor of New York in 1906, and again in 1908. He was made an honorary LL. D. in 1907 by Columbia University. He was strongly supported as candidate for the presidency before the Republican convention in 1908.