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Clinton B. Hughes


Posted By: S. Ferrall (email)
Date: 2/15/2005 at 04:33:53

Clinton B. Hughes, a prominent attorney of Bloomington, was born in Clayton County, Iowa, July 16, 1878, the son of Ambrose M. and Ida E. (Hale) Hughes.

Ambrose M. Hughes was born in Lycoming County, Pa., Jan. 9, 1855. He taught school in early life and followed farming later in Iowa, where his parents had moved in 1860. He purchased land near Strawberry Point, Iowa, and now lives at Ames, Iowa. He has figured prominently in local affairs and held various public offices. Mr. Hughes married Ida E. Hale, who was born in Maine, Dec. 20, 1857. To this union ten children were born, as follows: Clinton B., the subject of this sketch; Eva, married R.V Cooper, lives at San Bernardino, Cal.; James R., died April 1, 1923, at Springfield, Ill.; Mrs. Peter Anderson, lives at Ames, Iowa, served as a Red Cross nurse during the World War; Harriet, a librarian in the Masonic library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Cassie Fleihler, lives at Strawberry Point, Iowa; Andrew, a veteran of the World War, having served over seas with the Rainbow Division, and he lives at Ames, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Baxter, lives at Lovell, Okla.; Amos, also a veteran of the World War, having served with the Third Division, and Howard, lives at Ames, Iowa.

Clinton B. Hughes spent his boyhood on his father's farm at Strawberry Point, Iowa, and received his education in the schools there, and was graduated from the law department in the University of Iowa in 1900. He began the practice of law at Strawberry Point in 1901, but the following year removed to Arlington, Iowa, where he practiced his profession until 1908. He then went to West Union, Iowa, where he was elected county attorney in 1911, and was re-elected in 1913 which office he held until coming to Bloomington, Ill., on Jan. 1, 1916. He has built up a splendid practice and ranks as one of the leading lawyers of McLean County. His offices are in the Griesheim building. During the World War Mr. Hughes was a member of the Council of Defense and chairman of Four-Minute speakers. He took an active part in all war work.

In March, 1902, Mr. Hughes was married to Miss Anna Opperman, a native of Iowa, and a daughter of Henry and Mary (Kramer) Opperman. Mr. Opperman followed farming for many years near Strawberry Point, Iowa, and died in March, 1913. His widow resides in Iowa. Mrs. Hughes died Jan. 3, 1904, leaving two children, Flora M., born December, 1902 and Donald M., born in December 1903. On Dec. 22, 1905, Mr. Hughes was married to Miss Magdalena Opperman, a sister of his first wife and to this union the following children have been born: Harold A., born in November, 1906; Helen, born January, 1908; Theodore, born August, 1909; Paul, born in 1911; Dorothy Jane, born in 1919; and Clinton B., born in 1921. The three older children are students at Illinois Wesleyan University, and the others attend school in Bloomington.

Mr. Hughes served as assistant attorney general of Illinois for two years. He is a republican, a member of the Methodist church, and belongs to the Masonic bodies and Bloomington Consistory and the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Hughes is widely and favorabley known throughout McLean County as a capable lawyer.

-source: History of McLean County, Illinois; by Jacob L. Hasbrouck; Topeka Historical Publishing Co.; 1924; pages 481-482


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