HUGHES, THOMAS HURST, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Cold Spring, Cape May County, N.J.,
January 10, 1769; attended the public schools; moved to Cape May City in 1800 and engaged in the
mercantile business; in 1816 he built Congress Hall, a hotel which he conducted for many summer
seasons; sheriff of Cape May County 1801-1804; member of the State general assembly 1805-1807,
1809, 1812, and 1813; member of the State council 1819-1823 and in 1824 and 1825; elected as an
Anti-Jacksonian candidate to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1829-March
3, 1833); was not a candidate for renomination in 1832; resumed the hotel business; died in Cold
Spring, N.J., November 10, 1839; interment in Cold Spring Cemetery.