James Hughes was born on November 24, 1823 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He studied at Indiana University, Bloomington, and in 1842 was admitted to the bar. He served in the military during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). From 1852 to 1856, he was a judge for the Indiana Sixth Judicial Circuit. At the same time, he was a professor of law at the Indiana University, Bloomington School of Law. In 1856, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He lost his reelection bid in 1858.
After his Congressional service, he served as judge of the United States Court of Claims, and in 1864, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. From 1866 to 1868, he was a cotton agent for the U.S. Treasury Department. He died on October 21, 1873 in Hyattsville, Maryland and was buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, Indiana.
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