Harvard Law School Class of 1911

Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes goes for a morning walk in Washington, D.C. 

Texts on Charles Evans Hughes, to include the two volume set by by Merlo Pusey, said to be the definitive biography on the Chief Justice. Donated by Attorney Daniel Borinsky, Supreme Court Historical Society.

Charles Evans Hughes, Sr. (April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948) was an American attorney, statesman, and politician. He was 36th Governor of New York (1907–1910), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1910–1916), United States Secretary of State (1921–1925), a judge on the Court of International Justice (1928–1930), and the 11th Chief Justice of the United States (1930–1941). Mr. Hughes, a key leader in the American Progressive Movement, was Republican nominee in the 1916 U.S. Presidential election, losing to President Woodrow Wilson. He was father to Charles Evan Hughes, Jr. 

Charles Evans Hughes, Jr. was the United States Solicitor General in 1929-1930. An honor graduate of Brown University, he attended the Harvard Law School. He was editor of Harvard Law Review, graduating in 1912. In the United States Army, he served as an aide-de-camp to Brigadier General Pelham D. Glassford. 

Subsequently, he practiced law Carter, Hughes & Cravath, now Hughes Hubbard & Reed. He was appointed Solicitor General by President Herbert Hoover. Judge Learned Hand once said Charles Evans Hughes, Sr., was the greatest lawyer he had ever known, "except that his son was even greater."


Claude Raymond Branch served as Special Assistant to Mr. Hughes Jr. during his term as Solicitor General.