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Forrest L. Hughes. Of Forrest L. Hughes, yet in his twenties, however guardedly one must speak on the score of youth, it may be stated unhesitatingly that few young lawyers today in Oklahoma City give better promise of future achievement. The qualifications and characteristics necessary to the attainment of position in the legal profession are of so varied and peculiar character that few men are found to possess them. A mind of extraordinary activity, retentive and receptive, a devotion to the calling, a will firm to assert and honorable principles are qualities which, perhaps, find their best opportunity for display in the legal profession. These qualities are possessed by Mr. Hughes in bounteous measure, and through their possession he had succeeded in the attainment of a large practice and a substantial standing.
Mr. Hughes is a son of the West, was educated in the cultured Old Dominion, and has now returned to the West to carry on what he has chosen as his life work. He was born in San Diego, California, in 1888, his parents being Judge Wilmer and Olive (Hudson) Hughes. Judge Hughes was a native of Virginia, where he was reared and educated, and, choosing the law as his vocation, was admitted to the bar and engaged in practice there for several years. Later he migrated to Texas, where he was married and followed his profession until 1887, when he went on to California, settling in the City of San Diego. There he attained high distinction, both as lawyer and jurist, being the first judge of the Superior Court of that state, and such a high place did he hold in the esteem and regard of his fellowmen that just prior to his death, in 1900, he was elevated to the bench of the Supreme Court of California. Mrs. Hughes, who is a native of Texas, survives her husband, and still resides in California.
Forrest L. Hughes received his early education in the public schools of Texas, and after some preparation was sent to the University of Virginia, where he was graduated in 190S with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Following this, he entered upon the study of law, at the same institution, receiving his degree of Bachelor of Laws and being graduated with the class of 1910. He also engaged in some post-graduate work, and in 1910 was admitted to the Virginia bar, spending a short period in practice in that state. Mr. Hughes returned to the West in 1911 and located at Oklahoma City, where he has continued in the active practice of his calling, and where he has met with well deserved success. At this time he maintains offices at No. 328 American National Bank Building.
While the duties of his profession have occupied Mr. Hughes’ attention in large degree, he has found time to devote to politics, and has already gained a substantial position in the ranks of the democratic party. In 1912 he was made manager for the congressional campaign of Hon. Claude Weaver, which culminated in the election of that gentleman to the office of congressman at large. Mr. Hughes is a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He is unmarried and resides at the Long Hotel, Oklahoma City.