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James HUGHES

(1823-1873)

HUGHES, James, a Representative from Indiana; born in Baltimore County, Md., November 24, 1823; attended the common schools and Indiana University at Bloomington; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Indiana; served in the Mexican War; served as judge of the sixth judicial circuit of Indiana from 1852 until 1856, when he resigned; professor of law in Indiana University 1853-1856; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; appointed judge of the Court of Claims and served from January 18, 1860, to December 1864, when he resigned; member, State house of representatives 1864-1866; cotton agent of Treasury Department 1866-1868; died in Wattsville, Md., on October 21, 1873; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind.

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

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