Grant, Ulysses Simpson, 1822-1885Alternative names
Robert William Hughes was born at Muddy Creek Plantation, Powhatan County, Va. in 1821. His parents died in 1822 and he was raised by Edward C. Carrington and Eliza Preston Carrington. He attended Caldwell Institute, Greensboro, N. C. and studied law in Fincastle, Va. He married Eliza M. Johnston, niece of Joseph E. Johnston and the adopted daughter and niece of John B. Floyd. Hughes' son was Robert Morton Hughes. Robert William Hughes was a newspaper editor and federal district attorney. Involved in post Civil War Republican Party politics, he was nominated for governor of Virginia and for Congress but did not win. He was appointed judge of the federal court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
16 Jan. 1821:
Born at Muddy Creek Plantation, Powhatan Co., Va.,the son of Jesse and Elizabeth Woodson (Morton) Hughes.
Both parents died, and Hugheswas raised by Gen. Edward C. Carringtonand his wife, Eliza(Preston) Carringtonof Halifax Co., Va.(family relationship not known).
Ca. 1833- 1837: "put to the carpenter's trade in Princeton, N.J."
Ca. 1837- 1838: Attended Caldwell Institute,Greensboro, N.C.
Tutor, Bingham High School,Hillsboro, N.C.
Studied law, Fincastle, Va.
Began practice of law, Richmond, Va.
4 June 1850:
Married Eliza M. Johnston,(1825-1908), niece of Gen. Joseph E. Johnstonand niece and adopted daughter of John Buchananand Sarah (Preston) Floyd.
Began writing editorials for the Richmond Examiner.
1853- 1857: Editor of the Richmond Examinerwhile regular editor in Europe.
Birth of son, Robert Morton Hughes.
1857- 1861: Editor of the Washington Union,and lived in home of Secretary of War John Buchanan Floyd.
Birth of son, Floyd Hughes(2 other children died young)
Because of "chronic disease" retired to a farm near Abingdon, Va.,where General and Mrs. Floyd1ived with the Hughes family.
1861- 1864: Wrote for the Richmond Examiner,showing hostility toward Jefferson Davis' administration.
1865- 1866: Edited the Richmond Republic,and generally pursued a course that considered "nimble"
Delegate to National Democratic Convention.
1869- 1870: Editor of the Richmond State Journal.
Wounded William E. Cameronin a duel.
Named federal district attorney by Grant administration.
Nominated for Congressbut did not win.
Nominated for Governor of Virginiabut did not win.
Named Judge of federal court for the Eastern District of Va.
Died at Abingdon, Va.
Dictionary of American Biography
From the guide to the Inventory of the Robert William Hughes Papers, 1818-1900, (Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary)
- Canals--United States
- Voyages around the world
- Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
- Generals--19th century
- Dinwiddie Court House, Battle of, Dinwiddie, Va., 1865
- Export controls
- Railroads--Mississippi--History--19th century
- Fort Donelson, Battle of, Tenn., 1862--Sources
- Fort Donelson, Battle of, Tenn., 1862
- Elections--Corrupt practices
- Spies--History--19th century
- Resolutions, Legislative--History--19th century
- Railroads--History--19th century
- Politics, government and public administration
- Trade regulation--United States--History--Sources
- Presidents--United States--Correspondence
- United States--Politics and government--1865-1900
- Atlanta Campaign, 1864
- Railroads--Virginia--History--19th century
- Capitulation, Military
- Civil War (U.S.)
- Presidents--History--19th century
- Indians of North America
- Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862
- Military cadets--Archives
- Sherman's March through the Carolinas
- Retail Trade
- Appomattox Campaign, 1865
- Patronage, Political
- Public schools
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- Voting--History--19th century
- Sherman's March to the Sea
- Goldsboro (N.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864 (May--August)
- Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864 (August--November)
- Politics and government--19th century
- Currency question
- Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
- Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce
- Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1865
- Military history
- Politics, Practical
- Harbors--United States
- Politics and government--United States--19th century
- Indians of North America--Government relations--1869-1934
- Land tenure
- Patronage, Political--History--Sources
- Trade regulation--History--Sources
- Grant family--Genealogy
- Mexican War, 1846-1848
- Lookout Mountain, Battle of, Tenn., 1863
- Presidents--United States
- Generals--United States
- Officers (military officers)
- Army officers
- Practice of law--Virginia--History
- Morningside Heights, NY, US
- Point Pleasant, OH, US
- Wilton, NY, US