Charles Evans Hughes, a Glens Falls native, was Governor of New York from 1907 to October 1910, when he resigned to accept appointment as a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. He resigned from the court in June 1916 to accept the Republican nomination for President, narrowly losing to incumbent Democrat Woodrow Wilson. He later served as U.S. Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the United States.
Many places in the Adirondacks lay claim to the distinction that Charles Evans Hughes slept there. A century ago, it was at the home of Louis and Charlotte Hyde, now The Hyde Collection art museum, where Charles and Antoinette Hughes stayed overnight on June 24th, 1922, the night before dedication of the Helen Hughes Memorial Chapel, built in memory of their daughter, at Silver Bay Association in Hague on Lake George.
The story of the connection between Hughes and the Hyde family, and many other connections between Hughes and people and places in the Adirondacks, is told in the documentary “My Native Air: Charles Evans Hughes & The Adirondacks.”
The 43-minute documentary tells the story of the life and career of Hughes, his role in Adirondack forest land conservation and preservation of the springs at Saratoga Springs, and his connections with cultural attractions in the area such as The Hyde Collection and Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, Fort Ticonderoga, Silver Bay Association in Hague and Lady Tree Lodge at Upper Saranac Lake.
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls in Warren County, NY will host a free in-person showing of “My Native Air,” on Saturday, June 11th.
Kacia and Janessa Moses, granddaughters of co-producer Maury Thompson, will perform music from 11:30 to noon, while people are arriving.
For information, contact Maury Thompson at (518) 761-1186 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The documentary can also be downloaded for a minimal charge from the streaming service Vimeo.
Charles F Maurer says
Really important to New York history. Good guy!
John Q. Barrett says
Yes. And really important in U.S. and world history too–especially in CEH’s times, “the Empire State” was a correct slogan.