Francis Hugo

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At age 25

Francis M. Hugo (March 5, 1870, Kingston, Ontario, Canada – December 30, 1930 Manhattan, New York City) was an American politician.


Hugo attended Queen's College (now Queen's University) at Kingston and held Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees.[1] He also earned a law degree from Cornell University.[2]

He was Mayor of Watertown, New York. He was a delegate to the 1912 Republican National Convention.

In 1912, he ran for Secretary of State of New York but was defeated by Democrat Mitchell May. He was Secretary of State of New York from 1915 to 1920, elected in 1914, 1916 and 1918. As Secretary of State, he signed the joint resolution of the Senate and Assembly submitting a women's suffrage ballot question.[3]

In Watertown, Hugo practiced law with Nicholas Doxtater Yost, father of Charles Woodruff Yost.

In 1923, Hugo was appointed by National Non-Theatrical Motion Pictures, Inc. to screen non-commercial films, a function similar to that performed by Will H. Hays for commercial films.[4]

He married Florence Goodale, and their son was Francis G. Hugo.

His older brother was Trevanion William Hugo, Mayor of Duluth, Minnesota from 1900 to 1904, and another brother was a Minnesota legislator.


External links[edit]

  • [1] Political Graveyard
Political offices
Preceded by
Mitchell May
New York Secretary of State
Succeeded by
John J. Lyons