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  Hughes, Harry
NameHarry Hughes
Denton, Maryland , United States
Born November 13, 1926
DiedMarch 13, 2019 (92 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
Last ModifedRBH
Mar 13, 2019 04:36pm
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InfoHarold Roe Hughes was born in Easton on November 13, 1926, and grew up in Denton. He attended Mercersberg Academy in Pennsylvania and Mt. St. Mary's College. During WW II, he enlisted with the U.S. Navy Air Corps and later entered the University of Maryland where he earned his B.A. degree in 1949. He received his law degree from George Washington University School of Law in 1952.

He was elected to the House of Delegates from Caroline County in 1954, and in 1958, was elected to the State Senate. He served in the Senate for three terms and held various leadership positions, including Majority Leader and Chairman of the Finance Committee. From 1971-79, Hughes was Secretary of the Department of Transportation, when he resigned over a disagreement over the award of a construction contract for the Baltimore subway. In 1978, he defeated Acting Governor Blair Lee III to become governor.

During his two terms in office, efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay were initiated, careful attention was given to fiscal issues, and foreign trade initiatives with China were begun. Maryland celebrated the 350th Anniversary of its founding in 1984, as well as the 200th anniversaries of two significant events that took place in the State House: George Washington's resignation as Commander-in-Chief, and the Ratification of the Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution. To better preserve the history of the State a new State Archives was opened in September 1986. The Savings & Loan crisis occupied much of the last months of the Hughes' Administration and saw the implementation of a plan in which all insured depositors recovered their investments.


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  09/09/1986 MD US Senate - D Primary Lost 14.30% (-35.21%)
  11/02/1982 MD Governor Won 61.97% (+23.97%)
  09/14/1982 MD Governor - D Primary Won 66.58% (+44.73%)
  11/07/1978 MD Governor Won 70.62% (+41.25%)
  09/12/1978 MD Governor - D Primary Won 37.23% (+3.35%)
  11/08/1966 MD State Senate 15 Won 40.64% (+9.13%)
  11/03/1964 MD District 1 Lost 46.91% (-6.19%)
  05/19/1964 MD District 1 - D Primary Won 32.66% (+7.51%)
  11/06/1962 MD State Senate - Caroline County Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
MD US President - D Primary - Apr 26, 2016 D Martin J. O'Malley
MD Attorney General - D Primary - Jun 24, 2014 D Brian E. Frosh
MD District 01 - D Primary - Apr 03, 2012 D Wendy Rosen
MD District 1 - Nov 02, 2004 D Kostas Alexakis
MD Governor - Special Election - Jan 07, 1969 D William S. James