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, Charles Evans 1862–1948.

American jurist and politician who was appointed an associate justice of the US Supreme Court (1910) but resigned to make an unsuccessful bid for the presidency (1916). He served as secretary of state (1921–1925) and later as the chief justice of the Supreme Court (1930–1941).

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Hughes, Charles Evans (hyz), 1862-1948, American statesman and jurist, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1910-16), U.S. secretary of state (1921-25), and 11th chief justice of the United States (1930-41), b. Glens Falls, N.Y. Political and Diplomatic Career A graduate of Columbia law school, he was admitted to the bar in 1884 and practiced law in New York City, where he advanced rapidly in his profession. He served (1905) as counsel for a committee of the New York state legislature investigating gas companies and, as counsel (1905-6) for another state investigating committee, achieved national prominence for his exposure of corrupt practices of insurance companies in New York. This led to his election (1906) as Republican governor of New York. In this post (1907-10), Hughes brought about the establishment of the public service commission, the passage of various insurance-law reforms, and the enactment of much lab...    Continue Reading

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