Charles Evans Hughes

Date of Birth: April 11, 1862

Place of Birth: Glens Falls, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: August 27, 1948

Place of Death: Osterville, Massachusetts, U.S.

*father – Welsh
*mother – Dutch, English, Irish

Charles Evans Hughes was an American statesman and politician. A Republican, he served as Governor of New York, from January 1, 1907 to October 6, 1910, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from October 10, 1910 to June 10, 1916, U.S. Secretary of State, from March 5, 1921 to March 4, 1925, and Chief Justice of the United States, from February 24, 1930 to June 30, 1941.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1916. He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s 1908 presidential nomination.

Chief Justice Hughes was the son of Mary Catherine (Connelly) and The Rev. David Charles Hughes, an evangelical Baptist minister, who was an abolitionist. His father was born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales. His mother was born in Saugerties, Ulster County, New York. He was raised partly in Oswego, New York and Newark, New Jersey.

Chief Justice Hughes was married to Antoinette Carter, with whom he had four children, including Charles Evans Hughes, Jr., who served as U.S. Solicitor General, from May 27, 1929 to April 16, 1930. Among his grandchildren were architect Charles Evans Hughes III and historian, professor, and activist H. Stuart Hughes.

He was the first and remains the only sitting Supreme Court Justice to have been a major party’s presidential nominee.

Chief Justice Hughes’ paternal grandfather was named Nathan Hughes. Nathan was born in Talgarth, Breconshire, Wales.

Chief Justice Hughes’ paternal grandmother was named Jane Evans (the daughter of Griffith Evans). Jane was born in Vale of Clivyd, Wales.

Chief Justice Hughes’ maternal grandfather was William Connelly, Jr. (the son of William Connelly and Lydia Merihew/Merrihew). Chief Justice Hughes’ grandfather William was born in New York. Chief Justice Hughes’ great-grandfather William was the son of Michael Connelly, who was Irish, and of Naomi Barber. Lydia was the daughter of Amos Merrihew and Elizabeth Spooner.

Chief Justice Hughes’ maternal grandmother was Margaret Ann Terpenning/Teerpening (the daughter of Tjerck/Lyerck V. Terpenning/Teerpening and Mariah/Maria Krows/Krous). Margaret was born in New York, and was of Dutch descent. Tjerck was the son of Hendricus Teerpening. Mariah was the daughter of Leonard Krows/Krous and Deborah Ostrander.

Sources: Genealogy of Charles Evans Hughes –

Genealogy of Charles Evans Hughes (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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