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Simon Pollard Hughes Jr.

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Simon Pollard Hughes Jr.
Simon Pollard Hughes, Jr - Gouverneur von Arkansas.jpg
15th Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 17, 1885 – January 8, 1889
Preceded byJames Henderson Berry
Succeeded byJames Philip Eagle
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornApril 14, 1830
Carthage, Tennessee
DiedJune 29, 1906(1906-06-29) (aged 76)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Political partyDemocratic

Simon Pollard Hughes Jr. (April 14, 1830 – June 29, 1906) was the 15th Governor of Arkansas and a Confederate officer in the American Civil War.

Early life

Hughes was born in Carthage, Tennessee, the son of Simon P. Hughes and Mary Hubbard Hughes. Hughes Sr., originally from Prince Edward County, Virginia, was a farmer, sheriff and a member of the Tennessee legislature from 1842–1843, Mary Hubbard was a native of Oglethorpe County, Georgia. In 1842, Mary Hughes died and the family moved to Bowie County, Texas. Hughes Sr. died in Texas in 1844, making Hughes at orphan at the age of fourteen.[1]

Hughes moved to Arkansas in December 1849, and was educated at Sylvan Academy and Clinton College in Tennessee.[2] In 1853, Hughes was elected sheriff of Monroe County, Arkansas and served for two years. Hughes was admitted to the bar in Arkansas in 1857, and started private practice in Clarendon, Arkansas.

Civil War

During the American Civil War, Hughes was voted captain of the 23rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Later in the war, following a reorganization of the 23rd Arkansas, Hughes enlisted as a private in Morgan's Texas Cavalry.

Political service

Following the war, Hughes served in the Arkansas house of representatives, from 1866 to 1867, and was a delegate to the 1874 Arkansas constitutional convention. Hughes was elected to the post of Arkansas attorney general and served from 1874 to 1877.

Hughes was elected governor of Arkansas, being sworn-in, in January 1885. He was reelected in 1886.[3] During his terms, public executions were abolished in Arkansas and the sale of liquor was restricted.

In 1889, Hughes was elected to the Arkansas supreme court as an associate justice and served in that capacity for sixteen years.


Hughes died in Little Rock, Arkansas, and is buried in historic Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.

See also


  1. ^ Readnour, Harry (1995), Donovan, Timothy; Gatewood, Willard Jr.; Whayne, Jeannie (eds.), The Governors of Arkansas: Essays in Political Biography (Second ed.), Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press, pp. 83–89, ISBN 1-55728-331-1
  2. ^ "Simon P. Hughes (1885-1889)". Ohio State House Museum. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  3. ^ "Arkansas Governor Simon P. Hughes". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 17, 2012.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
James Henderson Berry
Democratic nominee for Governor of Arkansas
1884, 1886
Succeeded by
James Philip Eagle
Political offices
Preceded by
James Henderson Berry
Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
James Philip Eagle
Preceded by
Elhanan J. Searle
Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Edgar A. McCulloch
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