Charles Evans Hughes (Supreme Court Justice)
Charles Evans Hughes

Charles Evans Hughes Sr. was an American statesman, Republican Party politician, and the 11th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was also the 36th Governor of New York, the Republican presidential nominee in the 1916 presidential election, and the 44th United States Secretary of State. Born to a Welsh immigrant preacher and his wife in Glens Falls, New York, Hughes pursued a legal career in New York City. After working in private practice for several years, in 1905 he led successful state investigations into public utilities and the life insurance industry. He won election as the Governor of New York in 1906 and implemented several progressive reforms. In 1910, President William Howard Taft appointed Hughes as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. During his tenure on the Supreme Court, Hughes often joined Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in voting to uphold state and federal regulations.

Born: April 11, 1862, Glens Falls, New York, U.S.
Died: August 27, 1948, Osterville, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party: Republican
Spouse(s): Antoinette Carter
Children: 4, including Charles
Education: Colgate University, Brown University (AB), Columbia University (LLB)
Preceded by: William Howard Taft
Succeeded by: Harlan F. Stone

About Charles Evans Hughes

Served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1910 to 1916 and later became the Court’s 11th Chief Justice.

Before Fame

He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1884.


He was the 36th Governor of New York prior to serving on the Supreme Court.

Family Life

He married Antoinette Carter in 1888. They had four children together.


He was nominated to the position of associate justice on the Supreme Court by President William Howard Taft.

Information related to Charles Evans Hughes

  • Chief Justices of the United States
  • Coolidge administration cabinet members
  • Permanent Court of International Justice judges
  • United States federal judges appointed by William Howard Taft
  • Harding administration cabinet members
  • New York State College of Forestry
  • Republican Party (United States) presidential nominees
  • United States Secretaries of State
  • United States federal judges appointed by Herbert Hoover
  • Progressive Era in the United States
  • Colgate University alumni
  • Burials at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx)

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