Charles Evans Hughes and American Democratic Statesmanship

Charles Evans Hughes and American Democratic Statesmanship

Charles Evans Hughes and American Democratic Statesmanship

Charles Evans Hughes and American Democratic Statesmanship

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The most important thing about Charles E. Hughes is certainty. The generalization is scarcely set down before it needs qualification. In the bosom of his family Hughes was often a prey to self-doubt; he was sensitive to criticism; and he was far too intelligent not to weigh both sides of important questions that arose in the course of his personal and professional life. Nonetheless, he gives us the impression of a man who knew what his scale of values was, who knew what he wanted and what he cared little for, what he believed and what he did not believe.

He was the son of very strong-minded parents. His father was a minister with positive views on the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of sin. His mother was a devout and vigorous-minded woman with no nonsense about her. Both were the kind of people who sought to dominate, and might have succeeded in dominating, their only son. But it did not work out that way. At the age of six the . . .

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