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Knox College Library
Special Collections and Archives
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John Hughes Papers Manuscript Collection 1860-1908



Repository: Knox College Special Collections and Archives
Creator: Reverand John Hughes
Title: John Hughes Papers Manuscript Collections
Dates: 1860-1908
Quantity: 1 box
Identification: Manuscripts #31
Language: English

Biographical Notes

Rev. John Hughes ((1834-1916)) was a graduate of Lombard College class of 1854. He received an Honorary Degree from Lombard in 1908, and he was a trustee of the college for 42 years from 1868-1910. Upon his graduation he became a Universalist Church pastor and worked throughout Illinois and Michigan, and in 1869 he was among the founders of the Universalist Church in Table Grove, Fulton County, Illinois. He was also an accomplished debater known for “defending the faith” and publicly debate religious issues throughout the state. He served two terms in the Illinois state legislature from Fulton County between 1898-1902. In 1855 he married Jemima Bailey, and in the year following her death in 1879, he married Kate Matteson (c.1864-1921) who was also ordained as a minister at Lombard College (1895). They worked together to promote educational issues and equality for women. Several of John Hughes children attended Lombard College as well.

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Scope notes

This collection includes sermons (notes, drafts and published), genealogical information, photographs and notebooks of Rev. John Hughes. .

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Administrative Information

Donor: Henry Hughes, grandson of John Hughes

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