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HUGHES, Robert William, jurist, born in Pewhatan county, Virginia, 6 June, 1821. He was educated at Caldwell institute, North Carolina, and taught in the high school at Hillsborough, North Carolina, in 1840-'2. He removed to Richmond, Virginia, and edited the "Examiner" until 1857, and in 1858-'9 was one of the staff of the Washington "Union." He served in the Confederate army throughout the civil war, in 1865-'6 edited the Richmond "Republic," and contributed to the "State" and "Journal." In June, 1869, while connected with the "State," he fought a duel with William E. Cameron of the Richmond "Index," in which the latter was wounded. He was United States attorney of the western district of Virginia in 1871-'3, Republican candidate for governor in 1873, and from 1874 till the present date (1887) he has been United States judge for the eastern district of Virginia. He has published "The American Dollar" (Richmond, 1866); biographies of General John B. Floyd and General Joseph E. Johnston (New York, 1867); and "The Currency Question" (1879).
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