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JAMES L. HUGHES, Inspector of Schools, Toronto, was born in Durham County, Ont., on February 20th, 1846. He was educated in a public school in the township of Darlington, Durham County, which was taught by his father. At the early age of twelve years he obtained a certificate, after which he worked on the farm until he was eighteen, then taught school for six months, and after this entered the Normal School, since which time his career has been a progressive one. At the completion of his course in the Normal in 186, he was appointed to the position of head master of the

Frankford public school, where he remained eight months, when he received the appointment of assistant master in the Toronto Model School, and was made principal in 1871, which position he held until 1874, when he was appointed to the important office of Inspector of Public Schools, Toronto, which he still holds. Since his appointment to this position, there has been a wonderful improvement in the public school system, which is largely due to his energy and executive ability. Mr. Hughes has written a number of popular and important educational works. He is a member of the Metho

dist Church, president of Toronto Teachers' Association, was secretary of the Provincial Sunday School Association for three years, and has been Sunday School Superintendent for more than twenty years. He is an enthusiastic advocate of out-door sports, and was president of Toronto Lacrosse Club for several years. He has been president of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society, Past County Master of the Orange Society, and at present is Deputy Grand Master of Ontario West, Past Master of St. Andrew's Ma-sonic Lodge, First Worthy Chief of Toronto Lodge of Good Templars, and is chairman of the Executive of Woman's Enfranchisement Association, Toronto. Mr. Hughes has been married twice—first to Annie A. Sutherland, Toronto. and then to Ada Marean, of New York. His ever busy and useful life speaks for itself.


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