John HUGHES, a prominent farmer and miller of the Third District, was born April 16, 1840, in Bradley County. He is the son of Leander and Mary HUGHES, both natives of Virginia. The father was born about 1795, of Welsh descent. After spending some time in White, Monroe and McMinn Counties he came, in 1839, to Bradley County, where he died in 1869. He was a prosperous farmer and mill-wright, and was well educated. The mother was born aout 1797, and died in 1876. She was the mother of six children, of whom our subject is the youngest. The latter was at Lexington, KY., one year during the war, in the Government service. March 22. 1870, he married Caroline, daughter of D. C. and Betsy COWAN, who was born in Bradley County September 30, 1849. She is well educated, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the mother of eight children: Leander C., James B., Mary J., Lula, Ella M. and Josiah L. Those deceased are Amanda E. and Sarah I. Mr. HUGHES and his brother, Josiah L., own 600 acres of valuable land, and their mill. They are in good circumstances, energetic and able men. Our subject is connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is an advocate of general education and supporter of all public enterprises, and a stanch Republican.
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