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Dudley Mays Hughes (October 10, 1848 – January 20, 1927) was an American politician, farmer and railroad executive.

Dudley Mays Hughes
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byWilliam W. Larsen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byElijah B. Lewis
Succeeded byCharles R. Crisp
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the district
In office
c. 1882 – c. 1883
Personal details
Born(1848-10-10)October 10, 1848
Jeffersonville, Georgia
DiedJanuary 20, 1927(1927-01-20) (aged 78)
Macon, Georgia
Resting placeEvergreen Cemetery
Perry, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceDanville, Georgia
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
Professionpolitician, farmer, railroad executive

Hughes was born in Jeffersonville, Georgia, and attended the University of Georgia in Athens.

In 1882, Hughes was elected to the Georgia Senate and reelected the next year. From 1904 to 1906, he served as the president of the Georgia State Agricultural Society. In 1905, he became a UGA trustee and remained on that board until his death. He also served on the board of trustees for the Danville School, the Georgia State Normal Institute and the Georgia State Agricultural College.

Hughes was involved in several business including Magnolia Orchard and the Georgia Fruit Land Company. He served as president of the Georgia Fruit Growers Association. After serving as one of the original founders of the Macon, Dublin & Savannah Railroad chartered in 1885, Hughes served as its president until 1891 and as a director.

In 1906, Hughes ran as a Democrat against incumbent Elijah B. Lewis in Georgia's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives and lost. In 1908, Hughes ran against Lewis again and won. He served four consecutive terms in office; however, the Georgia General Assembly reapportioned the congressional districts in 1912, and Hughes district became Georgia's 12th congressional district. Hughes lost his bid for reelection in 1916. He returned to farming in Danville, Georgia, and died in Macon, Georgia, in 1927. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Perry, Georgia.

Dudley Hughes is the namesake to the city of Dudley, Georgia.[1]

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  1. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 65. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elijah B. Lewis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1913
Succeeded by
Charles R. Crisp
Preceded by
New seat
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917
Succeeded by
William W. Larsen