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HUGHES, Thomas, British author, born in Uffington, Berkshire, England. 20 October, 1823. He was educated at Rugby under Dr. Arnold, and at Oriel college, Oxford, where he was graduated in 1845. He was admitted to the bar in 1848, and was member of parliament for Lambeth from 1865 till 1868, when he was elected for Frome, which he represented till January, 1874. In 1869 he was appointed queen's counsel, and in 1869-'70 made the tour of the United States, and lectured in the principal cities. On 5 October, 1880, Mr. Hughes formally opened Rugby colony, Tennessee, of which he has been superintendent ever since. Mrs. Hughes, the mother of the superintendent, has made her home at Rugby, and there Mr. Hughes spends his annum vacation. Among other works he has written "Tom Brown's School Days" (London, 1856); "Tom Brown at Oxford" (1861); "Religio Laici" (1862); "Alfred the Great" (1869); and "Memoirs of a Brother" (1873). He has also written prefaces to English editions of Lowell's "Biglow Papers" and Walt Whitman's poems.
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