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HUGHES, William John

HUGHES, William John
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


HUGHES, William John, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Salem, Salem County, N.J., October 17, 1932; attended public schools; A.B., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., 1955; J.D., Rutgers Law School, Camden, N.J., 1958; admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1959 and commenced practice in Ocean City; served as township solicitor for Upper Township, N.J., 1959-1961; appointed assistant prosecutor for Cape May County, N.J., 1960; reappointed as first assistant prosecutor in 1961 and served until the spring of 1970; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress; appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to the Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, 1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1995); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1986 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Harry E. Claiborne, judge of the United States District Court for Nevada; not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress; United States Ambassador to Panama, 1995 to 1998; died on October 30, 2019, in Ocean City, N.J.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Rutgers University
Special Collections and University Archives

New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1975-1994, approximately 19 boxes. The papers of former Congressman William J. Hughes include schedules, speeches and testimony, Congressional Record remarks, scripts for radio broadcasts, questionnaires, press releases, voting record, campaign material, computer letters, video and audio recordings, correspondence, and committee files. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Stockton University
Special Collections, Richard E. Bjork Library

Galloway, NJ
Papers: ca. 1995-1998, amount unknown. The William J. Hughes papers primarily document his time as Ambassador to Panama. The papers include scrapbooks, clippings, speeches and statements, notebooks, appointment/planning calendars, and a photo album from Hughes' time in the US Congress, 1974-1994. There are also a few scrapbooks from the 1950s-early 1970s, before his time in Congress.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1986-1988, 7 commercials on 3 videocassettes. The commercials were used during William J. Hughes's campaigns for the 1986 and 1988 U.S. congressional elections in District 2 of New Jersey, Democratic Party.
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