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About Judge Hughes

Sarah Tilghman Hughes (1896-1985) practiced law in Dallas, served in the Texas House of Representatives (1931-1935), was appointed as the first female state district judge in Texas (1935-1961), was the first woman to serve as a federal district judge in Texas (1961-1975; senior status until 1982), and championed various human and women's rights causes. Notably, as a federal district judge, Hughes administered the presidential oath of office to Lyndon B. Johnson aboard Air Force One following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963.

About the Physical Collection

Held by UNT Libraries Special Collections Department, this collection consists primarily of textual materials documenting the legal, political, judicial, and activist career of Judge Hughes. For more details, please see our finding aid.

About the Digital Collection

The digital collection consists of a selection of letters and telegrams drawn from the larger tangible collection.



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Judge Sarah T. Hughes Collection in UNT Digital Library. University of North Texas Libraries. https://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/SARAH/ accessed April 12, 2021.


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