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Hugh McPheeters Rigney (July 31, 1873 – October 12, 1950) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Hugh M. Rigney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th district
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byDonald C. Dobbins
Succeeded byWilliam H. Wheat
Personal details
Born(1873-07-31)July 31, 1873
Arthur, Illinois
DiedOctober 12, 1950(1950-10-12) (aged 77)
Springfield, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic

Born in Arthur, Illinois, Rigney attended the local schools and was graduated from the high school of his native city. Apprenticed to the printer's trade and worked as a journeyman. He was editor and owner of the Arthur (Illinois) Graphic-Clarion 1900-1925. He served as city treasurer 1910-1911. He served as member of the school board 1910-1916. He served as chairman of Moultrie County Democratic central committee 1930-1934 and reelected chairman in 1942. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1935-1937.

Rigney was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress. He engaged in the real estate brokerage business 1939-1943. He was appointed to a position in the office of the secretary of state on September 15, 1943, and served until his death in Springfield, Illinois on October 12, 1950. He was interred in Arthur Cemetery, Arthur, Illinois.


  • United States Congress. "Hugh M. Rigney (id: R000256)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Donald C. Dobbins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
William H. Wheat