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Charles Evans Hughes
Timeline: Coin Toss

OTL equivalent: Charles Evans Hughes

484px-Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes
Portrait of Charles Evans Hughes

26th President of the United States
March 4, 1917 – March 4, 1925

Predecessor: Woodrow Wilson
Successor: Calvin Coolidge
Vice-President: Calvin Coolidge

11th Chief Justice of the United States
February 13, 1930 – June 30, 1941

Predecessor: William Howard Taft
Successor: Harlan F. Stone
Nominated by: Herbert Hoover

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
October 10, 1910 – June 10, 1916

Predecessor: David Josiah Brewer
Successor: John Hessin Clarke
Nominated by: William Howard Taft

36th Governor of New York
January 1, 1907 – October 6, 1910

Predecessor: Frank W. Higgins
Successor: Horace White
Born: April 11, 1862
Glens Falls, New York, U.S.
Died: August 27, 1948 (aged 86)
Osterville, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political Party: Republican
Religion: Baptist
Profession: Politician, Lawyer, Professor, Judge

Charles Evans Hughes, Sr. (April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948) was an American statesman, lawyer and politician who served as the 26th President of the United States (1917–1925) and later as United States Secretary of State (1925–1929) and as the eleventh Chief Justice of the United States (1930–1941). Prior to defeating incumbent President Woodrow Wilson in the 1916 election, Hughes served as the 36th Governor of New York (1907–1910), and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1910–1916).

1916 Presidential Election

Hughes resigned from the Supreme Court on June 10, 1916, to be the Republican candidate for President in 1916. Despite many thinking that incumbent Woodrow Wilson would win his reelected bid, there were many who were angry with that fact that he hadn't responded to the recent attacks on American ships by German U-boats. Hughes received widespread support for his moderate stance in the rather laissez-faire dominated Republican Party. He campaigned on a policy of "Peace with Justice", where Germany would face repercussions for the increase in attacks on American ships. Hughes handily defeated Wilson in the election.

First Term 1917-1921

Within a month of his first term, Hughes asked for a declaration of war against Germany. This was in response to Germany sending a telegram to Mexico asking for assistance if the U.S. were to enter the war.

1920 Election

The success of World War I led to an easy election for President Hughes who went up against former Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall. Hughes even carried states in the south like Georgia and Texas.

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