Charles J. Hughes, Jr.
Co., Richmond, Westport, and Kansas City, Mo.
Charles J. Hughes, Jr., son
of Charles J. and Serena C. Hughes, was born at Kingston, Caldwell
Co., Mo., February 16,1853; and later resided successively in
Kingston, Richmond, Westport, and Kansas City, Mo. Educated
in the public schools and at Richmond College, he studied law
in his father’s office and then entered the Law Department
of the Missouri State University from which he was graduated.
After graduation he taught a country school for a short
time, then became Instructor in Mathematics and Political Economy
in Richmond college, and in august, 1877, engaged in the practice
of his profession. Later he became a partner with General Bela
M. Hughes and so continued for five years, but since then has
In his profession, Mr. Hughes is and long has been a leader in
this western country, and has been of counsel in many of the noted
cases, of much public importance and that attracted general attention,
in the Courts of Colorado and in those of other western States.
Among these have been numerous instances of the complicated
litigation arising from mining and which, as related in the text
of this chapter, calls for legal ability of the highest order.
In other directions - in general litigation, in that arising
from irrigation, and in that between corporations, he has been
no less successfully conspicuous; among the famous instances of
the latter having been those of the Western Union Telegraph Co.
vs. the Union Pacific Railroad Co., and the Adams Express Co.
vs. the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Co.
In politics, Mr. Hughes is a steadfast conservative Democrat.
While never having been an office seeker, his services as an adviser
to and campaigner for his party have always freely been at his
party’s command and have as freely been effectively utilized.
Since April 1, 1889, he has filled, as elsewhere mentioned,
the non-partisan position of member of the board of Capitol Managers.
In 1888 he was one of his party’s candidates for Presidential
Elector, and in 1900 was chosen to that position and cast for
the Democratic candidate for President of the United States one
of Colorado’s four votes in the Electoral College. The
Colorado election of November, 1900, having assured the election
of a Democratic United States Senator by our General Assembly,
Mr. Hughes was the choice of many Colorado Democrats for that
position, but did not become a candidate.