Thomas H. Hughes

Thomas Hurst Hughes ( born January 10, 1769 in Cold Spring, Cape May County, New Jersey, † November 10, 1839 ) was an American politician. Between 1829 and 1833 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Hughes attended the common schools and worked in the trade. In 1800 he moved to Cape May City. Since 1816 he has also worked in the hotel industry. He built a hotel called " Congress Hall ", which he operated for many years during the summer months. Between 1801 and 1804 Hughes was as Sheriff Sheriff in Cape May County. Between 1805 and 1813, he was repeatedly deputy in the New Jersey General Assembly; 1819 to 1824 he was a member of the State Council, the forerunner of the State Senate. In the 1820s he joined the movement against the future President Andrew Jackson and was the end of the decade a member of the National Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1828 Hughes was for the fourth seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Ebenezer Tucker on March 4, 1829. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1833 two legislative sessions. After the inauguration of President Jackson was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

In 1832, Hughes gave up another candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he worked again in the hotel industry. He died on November 10, 1839 in Cold Spring, where he was also buried.