Hughes, Jr., Charles J.

Charles J. Hughes, Jr.
Kingston, Caldwell Co., Richmond, Westport, and Kansas City, Mo.

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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 practiced alone.

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.