William Hughes (senator)

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William Hughes
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1913 – January 30, 1918
Preceded by Frank O. Briggs
Succeeded by David Baird
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1905
Preceded by Richard W. Parker
Succeeded by Henry C. Allen
In office
March 4, 1907 – September 27, 1912
Preceded by Henry C. Allen
Succeeded by Archibald C. Hart
Personal details
Born (1872-04-03)April 3, 1872
Drogheda, Ireland
Died January 30, 1918(1918-01-30) (aged 45)
Trenton, New Jersey
Nationality Irish-American
Political party Democratic

William Hughes (April 3, 1872 – January 30, 1918) was a New Jersey politician who served in both houses of the United States Congress.


Hughes was born in Drogheda immigrated to the United States from Ireland with his parents in 1880 and settled in Paterson, New Jersey. His first jobs were as a stenographer in New York City and a court reporter in Paterson. He served in the United States Army throughout the Spanish–American War after which he became a lawyer and practiced in Paterson.

In 1902, Hughes successfully ran for his first political office as a Democrat and represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served a single term before falling to Henry C. Allen in his bid for re-election. In 1906, he ran again for the same seat and served three more terms in the House before resigning on September 12, 1912 to accept an appointment to be judge on the court of common pleas of Passaic County.

Months later, Hughes was elected to the United States Senate from New Jersey but served less than five years before dying in office at age 45.

Hughes is buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, New Jersey.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard W. Parker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry C. Allen
Preceded by
Henry C. Allen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Archibald C. Hart
United States Senate
Preceded by
Frank O. Briggs
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
Served alongside: James E. Martine
Succeeded by
David Baird