Hughes, Sarah Tilghman (1896–1985)

Sarah Tilghman Hughes was one of Texas's most important jurists, politicians, and feminists of the 20th century. She was born on August 1, 1896, in Baltimore, Maryland. Her parents, James Cooke and Elizabeth Haughton Tilghman, were descendents of colonial families who had immigrated to North America in the 1660s. She attended public school in Baltimore. In 1917 Tilghman graduated from Goucher College with an A.B. in biology. Following graduation, she taught science at Winston Salem Academy in North Carolina. She enrolled in the George Washington University Law School in 1919. While attending law school at night, she worked as a police officer in Washington, D.C., during the day. She graduated from George Washington with an LL.B. in 1922; the same year, on March 13, she ...

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