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Hughes, Charles Evans (1862-1948). Lawyer, politician, diplomat, and chief justice of the United States. Hughes was born in Glens Falls, N.Y., the son of a Baptist preacher from the English- Welsh border country who changed congregations from time to time. Young Hughes spent his earliest years in several locations in New York and New Jersey before the family settled in Brooklyn. A precocious child, he was educated both at home and in public school. At age 14, he began college at Madison (now Colgate) University, a Baptist institution. After his sophomore year, he transferred to Brown, which also had a Baptist tradition. 1ts more rigorous standards required that he spend an extra year in college, but he graduated at age 19 in 1881. After a year of teaching at the Delaware Academy in Delhi, N.Y., he enrolled in Columbia Law School, graduating in 1884.


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