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Kansas National Guard brigadier general's coat. Navy blue wool, double breasted with two rows of four pairs of gilded buttons. The coat belonged to Brigadier General James White Frierson Hughes. Hughes was born in Tennessee in 1860 and came to Topeka, Kansas, after graduating from university in 1881. He served in the Kansas National Guard, commanding the 3rd Regiment at the time of the 1893 Legislative Wars, during which he was court martialed for refusing to deploy troops to the capitol to maintain order. He was later reinstated and made a major general. From 1905 to 1909 Hughes served as the state's Adjutant General. In addition to his role in the National Guard, Hughes filled several civic positions, including stints as the mayor of Potwin and the mayor of Topeka, as well as serving on the Topeka city council. He died in 1945.

Creator: M.C. Lilley and Company
Date: between 1893 and 1905

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Item Number: 314360
KSHS Identifier: 1945.14.3

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