Charles Evans Hughes Jr.

Charles Evans Hughes Jr.

Birth
New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 21 Jan 1950 (aged 60)
New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Section 103, Elder Plot, Lot N - 15111
Memorial ID 167788433 · View Source
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Civil Servant, Lawyer. He was appointed in June 1929 as Solicitor General of the United States by President Herbert Hoover, but was compelled to resign due to possible conflict of interest when Hoover nominated his father in February 1930 to be Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He left the position on April 1930. He was the only son of former Secretary of State, Chief Justice of the United States, and 1916 Republican Presidential candidate Charles Even Hughes, Sr. and wife Antoinette Stuart. While in office, he defended the United States and Interstate Commerce Commission in 1929 against state railroads while advocating the Hoch-Smith resolution’s constitutionality as a measure for the regulation rates for transportation in interstate commerce. With his resignation, his role as a civil servant ended and he returned to private practice at his father's firm. As a child, he was a serious student. After finishing high school early at age 16, he attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island achieving the highest purely scholastic honor of admission to Phi Beta Kappa. During his years at Brown University, he was the recipient of numerous awards for public speaking and debating, hence supporting his future as a knowledgeable and respected lawyer. Graduating early again, he entered Harvard Law School in 1909 and in his last two years there, he was the editor of the “Harvard Law Review”. Passing the bar in 1913, he practiced in two law firms and for State of New York Justice Cardoz before joined his father's New York law firm of Hughes, Schurman and Dwight where he dealt with corporate law. During World War I, he left litigating in 1917, joined the U.S. Army, deployed to Europe, assigned to 305th Filed Artillery Unit in the 77th Division, and discharged as Second Lieutenant in 1919. He was very involved serving as director of the New York Life Insurance Company from 1930 to 1934; first chairman of the New York Mayor's Committee on unity in 1938; Chairman of the War Commission of Bar, City of New York from 1942 to 1944; a trustee fr the Teachers' College at Columbia University in New York City and was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He died from a brain tumor. Judge Learned Hand, a master of analytical jurisprudence, once said, “Charles Evan Hughes, Sr. was the greatest lawyer he had ever known, except that his son was even greater.”

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  • Created by: Steven M
  • Added: 4 Aug 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 167788433
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Evans Hughes Jr. (30 Nov 1889–21 Jan 1950), Find a Grave Memorial no. 167788433, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Steven M (contributor 48604297) .