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Roland Hughes

Roland Hughes was born in Plattsburg, Missouri, March 20, 1855, the son of Colonel John F. Hughes, who was killed in the battle of Independence shortly after being brevetted brigadier-general.  The boy Roland was just eight years old at the time, and with his mother and brothers began the work of making a living on the farm.  He worked early and late, but manage to secure some schooling, and later in his teens contrived a course in William Jewel College at Liberty.  He then taught school for a while in Clinton County, and with the money thus saved read law in the office of Governor Ingles in Plattsburg, and was admitted to the bar in 1876.  His first act was to sell the reversion in his mothers dower interest in the farm, buying it in for her.  Lawyers denied that it could be done, but the Supreme Court upheld the youthful Roland in his generosity.  He began the practice of law in Plattsburg, and his ability soon brought him into political prominence.  He was elected twice to the office of Prosecuting Attorney, and the nature of the man was admirably shown by his disposition of the salary.  The first term's pay went to build a house on the farm for his mother, and the second to educate his two younger brothers.

     Mr. Hughes came to Kansas City in 1887, and formed a partnership with General Byron Sherry, which continued until the latter's removal from the city.

     The firm of Witten & Hughes was then formed, which continued until the election of Mr. Hughes to the office of Prosecuting Attorney in 1902.
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