After representing the Victoria North constituency as a Member of Parliament, this Liberal-Conservative Party politician became Canada's World War I-era Minister of Militia and Defense.
After studying at the University of Toronto, he began publishing a newspaper called The Victoria Warder.
In the late 1800s, he took part in combat during the Second Boer War.
His marriage to Mary Burk resulted in a son, Garnet Hughes, who pursued a military career.
He served as Minister of Militia and Defense under the government of Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden.