1823-1896
Thomas Hughes (1823-1896)
© National Portrait Gallery

October 20, 1823, Donnington Priory (near Newbury), Berkshire, England.

March 22, 1896, Brighton, Sussex, England.

Brighton, Sussex, England.

Hughes attended Rugby School and Oriel College, Oxford (BA 1845), and was called to the Bar in 1848. Member of Parliament for Lambeth (1865-68) and Frome (1868-74), he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1869. He visited America in 1871, where he met his long correspondent and friend James Lowell. He also helped found the public library in Chicago, Illinois, where a children’s room was named after him. In 180, he helped found an idealistic colony in Rugby, Tennessee, which lasted about a decade. His works include:

  1. O God of Truth