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James White Frierson Hughes is seated at his desk in his office. He lived at 235 Greenwood, Topeka, and is the father of James Clark Hughes. James W.F. Hughes was the last mayor of Potwin and later a mayor of Topeka. Colonel James W.F. Hughes was a distinguished officer of the Kansas National Guard, a politician, and community leader. He had the distinction of being a commander of the Kansas National Guard at the time of the 1893 Legislative War. James Clark Hughes was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, and served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. During the latter conflict, he commanded a Philippine regiment (Filipino soldiers led by American officers), which surrendered in 1942 on the Bataan peninsula. Hughes spent the next 41 months in various Japanese P.O.W. camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: July 1917

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Item Number: 314462
Call Number: James C. Hughes Collection, negative 21
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 314462

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