Dudley Mays Hughes

Dudley Mays Hughes ( born October 10, 1848 in Jeffersonville, Twiggs County, Georgia, † January 20, 1927 in Macon, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1909 and 1917 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Dudley Hughes attended the common schools and then studied until 1870 at the University of Georgia in Athens. Then he began to work in agriculture. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In the years 1882 and 1883 he sat in the Senate of Georgia. Between 1904 and 1906 he was president of the Agricultural Society of Georgia. In 1904 he represented his country at the World's Fair in St. Louis. He was also president of the Georgia Fruit Growers Association, the National Alliance of the fruit growers. Hughes also served as curator of several educational institutions. This also included the University of Georgia. In addition to these activities he was involved in the planning and construction of the railway company Macon, Dublin & Savannah Railroad, which he was president from 1885 to 1891.

In the congressional elections of 1908 Hughes was in the third electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Elijah B. Lewis on March 4, 1909. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1917 four legislative sessions. Since 1913 he represented there, however, the newly twelfth district of his state. During his time in the U.S. House of Representatives there were adopted the 16th and the 17th Amendment. From 1913 to 1917 Hughes was Chairman of the Education Committee.

In advance of the midterm elections of 1916 Hughes was not nominated by his party for re-election. In the following years he worked in Danville in agriculture. He died on January 20, 1927 in Macon.