Isaac F. Hughes

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Not to be confused with William M. Hughes, council member in 1927 to 1929.
Isaac F. Hughes
Born Isaac Fremont Hughes
(1861-07-29)July 29, 1861
Paulsboro, New Jersey, United States
Died January 18, 1931(1931-01-18) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names I.F. Hughes
Occupation Miller, grocer, businessman
Known for City Councilman
County Commissioner
Spouse(s) Sarah Elizabeth Griffitts
Children Herbert Franklyn Hughes
Earl Everett Hughes
Ray Albert Hughes
Faye Emma Hughes Brown
Isaac Lester Hughes
Parent(s) William Madora Hughes
Sarah S. Abrams

Isaac F. Hughes, known as I.F. Hughes, (1861–1931) was a miller, a grocer and a businessman who was the first representative of Los Angeles City Council District 3 after a new city charter went into effect in 1925. He served for two years, until 1927.[1]


Hughes was born on July 29, 1861, in Paulsboro, New Jersey, and was brought up on a farm in Lawrence, Kansas. His father was William Madora Hughes (February 14, 1809 - March 12, 1876) and his mother was Sarah S. Abrams (January 19, 1819 - April 2, 1898). At age 18 he began work in a flour mill and continued as a miller and in the grocery business for the next 27 years. He was a member of the city council in Lawrence for four years and a county commissioner in Douglas County for six. He was married to Sarah Elizabeth Griffitts (August 17, 1862 - June 1, 1938) on October 17, 1881 in Trenton, Missouri. Their children were Herbert Franklyn (November 2, 1883 - June 16, 1962), Earl Everett (December 19, 1885 - December 24, 1915), Ray Albert (December 15, 1895 - December 7, 1976), Faye Emma (Mrs. Frank E. Smith and later Mrs. Arthur G. Brown) (December 15, 1895 - June 2, 1975) and Isaac Lester (May 5, 1902 - May 29, 1971).[2]

He moved to Los Angeles in 1906 and was proprietor for fourteen years of a grocery at Washington and Arlington Streets.[3] Upon retirement in 1923, Hughes was appointed to the Recreation and Playground Commission, where he devoted his efforts to developing the Queen Anne Playground.[4] His wife recalled in an interview that playgrounds were his hobby and that he visited them in many parts of the country.[1] He was a Republican, a Methodist, a Mason and a member of the City Club. He died January 17, 1931, at his home, 1223 South Orange Drive, Los Angeles.[2]

City Council[edit]

See also List of Los Angeles municipal election returns

In 1925 the 3rd District lay mostly south of the Santa Monica Mountains east of Sawtelle, with its eastern boundary at Western Avenue, and its southern boundary running along Washington Boulevard to embrace the Palms area. It included the Los Angeles Country Club and the Sawtelle district, and all the Santa Monica Mountains west of Sawtelle to the Ventura County line, including Pacific Palisades and Topanga Canyon.[5]

Hughes was chosen over Edwin O. Loucks in the June 1925 election, 4,981 votes to 2,661.

Known as a defender of Mayor George E. Cryer and political figure Kent Kane Parrot, Hughes was defeated in the 1927 election by Ernest L. Webster.[6]


Preceded by
Los Angeles City Council
3rd district

Succeeded by
Ernest L. Webster