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George Wurtz HUGHES

(1806-1870)

HUGHES, George Wurtz, a Representative from Maryland; born in Elmira, N.Y., September 30, 1806; received a liberal schooling; was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1827; became a civil engineer in New York City; reappointed to the Army July 7, 1838, as captain of topographical engineers; served in the Mexican War; lieutenant colonel of Maryland and District of Columbia Volunteers August 4, 1847; colonel October 1, 1847; honorably mustered out of the volunteer service July 24, 1848; commissioned lieutenant colonel on May 30, 1848; resigned August 4, 1851; became president of the Northern Central Railroad; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); consulting engineer and planter at West River, Md., until his death there on September 3, 1870; interment in the family burying ground of the Galloway family, “Tulip Hill,” West River, Md.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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