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James Hughes

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James Hughes (1823-1873) was a federal judge on the United States Court of Claims.

Hughes was nominated to the Court of Claims by President James Buchanan. He was commissioned on January 20, 1860. He resigned from the court in December, 1864.[1]


  • Indiana University
  • U.S. Military Academy
  • Read law, 1842

Professional career

  • Private practice, Bloomington and Bedford, Indiana, 1842-
  • U.S. Army Lieutenant, Mexican War
  • Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Indiana, 1852-1956
  • Professor of law, Indiana University, 1853-1856
  • U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1857-1859
  • Member, Indiana House of Representatives, 1864-1866
  • Cotton agent, U.S. Department of Treasury, 1866-1868
  • Member, Indiana State Senate, 1868-1869
  • Private practice, Bloomington, Indiana, 1869-1873