Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What, exactly, did Charles Evans Hughes DO that was so significant?

i have to do a project on him, and i know he was significant..but i dont know exactly what he DID that MADE him so significant. Could someone help me out?! Like, what was Charles Evans Hughes' greatest accomplishment?

And also, if possible, does anyone know what the turning point in his life was??

thanks so much! "/

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Charles Evans Hughes had a varied & largely successful Carree but is perhaps best known as a Supreme Court Justice from 1930 to 1941 during which time he wrangled with President Franklin Roosevelt over many issues most notably fighting FDR's plan to reorganize the Supreme Court in 1937. One could argue that Hughes most significant act was to elevate the Supreme Court to a level of status & prestige that made it clearly an equal to the Legislative & Executive branches of Government.

    Hughes was mainly known for having a very clear legal mind, for taking complex issues and rendering them understandable to a majority of people, example, his statement that ""We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is."

    Turning point, hmmm, there were several, but most likely LOOSING the Presidential election of 1916. Instead of becoming Pres and taking on the role of executive, he was instead set upon a path that eventually led to the Supreme Court. Hughes was most likely a better Judge than he would have been as a President (though he would certainly have been a better President than Wilson - - - that should PO your teacher!).......

    Oh, as Secretary of State Hughes did one thing that was considered dangerously radical, something for which people still hate him, he organized the first DISARNAMENT Conference, proposing that nations resort to diplomacy rather than wars & killing. Shocking notion, very unpopular.

    ""Known as a master of building consensus, the two-time Supreme Court justice Charles Evans Hughes was lauded for his brilliant legal mind. As chief justice from 1930 to 1941, he is credited with maintaining the Supreme Court's ability to function as an independent, coequal branch of government, and for balancing the progressive forces unleashed by the Depression against the conservative forces that sought to confine regulation to a narrow sphere. A prolific and talented writer, he penned twice as many opinions as any of his contemporaries on the Supreme Court. Hughes was elected governor of New York in 1906 and appointed as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1910. He resigned from the bench in 1916 to run for president and returned to private law practice after losing one of the closest elections in American history to Woodrow Wilson. Appointed secretary of state by President Warren Harding in 1921, he later served as a judge of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Permanent Court of International Justice before President Herbert Hoover appointed him chief justice of the United States in 1930. In that post, he wrote the opinions in key cases concerning the New Deal, such as West Coast Hotel v. Parris, National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, and Schecter Poultry Corp. v. United States. In 1937, he opposed Roosevelt's court reorganization plan, which, opponents labeled as "court-packing."

    Graduating at the top of his law school class in 1884, Hughes was selected as a Prize Fellow, which allowed him to stay on at the law school (for 500 dollars a year) to tutor and conduct quizzes for law students. He did this from 1884 to 1887 while also maintaining a private practice. After his death, the law school endowed the Charles Evans Hughes Professorship. Currently, second-year law students can be awarded Charles Evans Hughes Fellowships. On April 11, 1962, the centenary of Hughes's birth, a bust of the late Columbian was presented to the School by his son-in-law, William T. Gossett (Law 1928). ""


    PS Hughes had a terrific beard & mustache!

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  • dewalt
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    3 years ago

    Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes

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  • 4 years ago

    Rashad is alot bigger than Matt Hughes. Rashad originally fought heavyweight during the TUF show, check his fight against Brad Imes, and then dropped to light heavyweight, I doubt he could drop again to middleweight as he is already shredded. Matt Hughes is not a middleweight, he is a welterweight (170lbs), that being said, Rashad would pound Matt with just size alone.

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