Charles Evans Hughes

(Charles Evans Hughes Sr.)

Charles Evans Hughes
Charles Evans Hughes
  • Born: April 11, 1862
  • Died: August 27, 1948
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Judge









Charles Evans Hughes Sr. was an American statesman, Republican Party politician, and the 11th Chief Justice of the United States. He was also the 36th Governor of New York, the Republican presidential nominee in the 1916 presidential election, and the 44th United States Secretary of State.

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A dissent in a court of last resort is an appeal to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of a future day when a later decision may possibly correct the error … Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
According to the weight of opinion, impeachable offenses include, not merely acts that are indictable, but serious misbehavior which may be considered as coming within the category of high crimes and misdemeanors Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
American government has seemed to mean naught but impotence and unavailing words. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
But then the question comes down to the salaries of the missionaries. Corruption
Contracts, however expressed, cannot fetter the constitutional authority of the Congress. Contracts may create rights of property, but when contracts deal with a subject matter which lies within the control of the Congress they have a congenital infirmity. Parties cannot remove their transactions from the reach of dominant constitutional power by making contracts about them. Money, Coins & Minting
Contrary to an impression which is somewhat widespread in this country, this government, while it has always exerted its influence in a humanitarian way, has not assumed political obligations with respect to the Armenians or other Christian minorities in the Near East. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Emergency does not create power. Power
However desirable the maintenance of ex-territorial rights hitherto enjoyed might be, it was obvious that the public opinion of this country would not countenance a war for the purpose of maintaining them. War & Peace
I believe that a navy is the greatest insurer of peace that we could possibly have—a navy commensurate with our resources and commensurate with the number of dependencies we have and commensurate with our population and commensurate with our influence as a world power. Defense & National Security
If by the statement that what the Constitution meant at the time of its adoption it means today, it is intended to say that the great clauses of the Constitution must be confined to the interpretation which the framers, with the conditions and outlook of their time would have placed upon them, the statement carries its own refutation. It was to guard against such a narrow conception that Chief Justice Marshall uttered a memorable warning— ‘We must never forget that it is a Constitution we are expounding . . . a constitution intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs.’ Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
In these days of intimate relations, of economic stress and of intense desire to protect national interests and advance national opportunity, the treatment of questions which, from a legal standpoint, are domestic, often seriously affects international relations. The principle, each nation for itself to the full extent of its powers, is the principle of war, not of peace. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is extraordinary how reluctant aged judges are to retire and to give up their accustomed work. They seem to be tenacious in the appearance of adequacy. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
It is our fixed purpose that our surplus war equipment should not be employed in encouraging warfare by fostering militarism and the building up of the competitive armaments that threaten the peace of the world. It in no way precludes us from furnishing arms to aid in the putting down of insurrectionary attacks upon public order in a neighboring State Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It seems to me very clear that, as a member of the Supreme Court, I have no right to be a candidate [for President], either openly or passively. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Liberty implies the absence of arbitrary restraint, not immunity from reasonable regulations... Regulation & Deregulation
our answer to the inciters of violence, our assurance of meeting peacefully—without any good reason for resort to violence—all demands to which new exigencies may give rise. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
Our government is the most successful contrivance the world has ever known for preventing things from being done. Regulation & Deregulation
Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion; if they had we might well abandon hope. It is important to remember, as has well been said, 'the essential characteristic of true liberty is that under its shelter many different types of life and character and opinion and belief can develop unmolested and unobstructed.’ Freedom & Liberty
Peacable assembly for lawful discussion cannot be made a crime. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
The .essence of religion is belief in a relation to God involving duties superior to those arising from any human relation Religion & God
The administration of government has become more complex. The opportunities for malfeasance and corruption have multiplied. Corruption
The appropriate relation of the exercise of constitutional power to the legitimate objects of that power is always a subject of judicial scrutiny. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The expression "World Power" has been made an occasion for ridicule and sneers, but it has a real meaning and a real significance. It means an influence throughout the world, and so long as that influence is wielded for the betterment of mankind, for the uplifting of our unfortunate fellow creatures, for the maintenance of peace, for the promotion of morality and civilization, we may be proud to have taken part in the change of our national policy which made us a world power. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The fact that the liberty of the press may be abused by miscreant purveyors of scandal does not make any the less necessary the immunity of the press. Media, Journalism & The Press
The liberty of the press is not confined to newspapers and periodicals. It necessarily embraces pamphlets and leaflets. ... the press in its historic connotation comprehends every sort of publication which affords a vehicle of information and opinion. Freedom & Liberty
The Persian Government more than a year ago sought the aid of American experts in the reorganization of their finances. While this Government could not assume any responsibility in this matter, it was glad that the services of competent American citizens could be secured, and a financial mission accordingly proceeded to Persia and for the past year has been rendering important expert aid. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The President cannot be disturbed. [The reporter quickly replied, "Well when he wakes up, just tell him he isn't President. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The security of the Republic will be found in the treatment of the poor and ignorant; in indifference to their misery and helplessness lies disaster. Poverty
The war power of the national government is not only the power to fight, but the power to wage war successfully War & Peace
We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
We had the friendliest feelings for the people of Mexico and were sensible of their desire for social and political betterment, but revolutionary tendencies and chaotic conditions made it impossible to find a sound basis for intercourse…. The contestants, seeking to overthrow the established government, have taken possession of certain portions of the Mexican territory and either are claiming tribute from peaceful and legitimate American commerce or are attempting to obstruct and destroy it. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. Freedom & Liberty
A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.
Dissents are appeals to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of another day.
I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In a number of cases dissenting opinions have in time become the law. Time
Men do not die from overwork. They die from dissipation and worry.
Publicity is a great purifier because it sets in action the forces of public opinion, and in this country public opinion controls the courses of the nation.
The first lesson in civics is that efficient government begins at home. Government
The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully. Power ;War & Peace
The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known.
War should be made a crime, and those who instigate it should be punished as criminals. War & Peace
We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our property and our liberty and our property under the Constitution.
When we deal with questions relating to principles of law and their applications, we do not suddenly rise into a stratosphere of icy certainty.
While democracy must have its organization and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.

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