James A. Hughes

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James Anthony Hughes (February 27, 1861 – March 2, 1930) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of West Virginia.

Hughes was born near Corunna, Ontario, Canada. He immigrated to the United States as a youth, graduating from business school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1875. He worked as a bank messenger, travelling salesman, and a businessman before being elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1888, serving a two-year term. He was a member of the West Virginia Senate from 1894 to 1898. In 1896 Hughes was appointed postmaster of Huntington, West Virginia. He was a delegate to every Republican National Convention from 1892 to 1924.

In 1900 Hughes was elected as a Republican to the US House of Representatives and was elected six additional times before choosing not to run again in 1914. During his time as a Representative, he served as chair of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings and as chair of the Committee on Accounts. After eleven years of retirement he was re-elected to the House in 1926. He served two terms before dying in office on March 2, 1930, in Marion, Ohio. He was interred in Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington.

Hughes was, through his marriage to Belle Vinson, a member of the Vinson political family. His daughter, Eloise Hughes Smith, was among the survivors of the RMS Titanic disaster. Her husband, Lucien P. Smith, died in the sinking.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Romeo H. Freer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 4th congressional district

1901-1903
Succeeded by
Harry C. Woodyard
Preceded by
None
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 5th congressional district

1903-1915
Succeeded by
Edward Cooper
Preceded by
Harry C. Woodyard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 4th congressional district

1927-1930
Succeeded by
Robert Lynn Hogg