CHARLES EVANS HUGHES CALLS FOR A WORLD OF SUPREMACY OF LAW
New York City (JFK+50) One hundred years ago this evening, May 28, 1917, Charles Evans Hughes* outlined the conditions of a future peace while speaking at the National Conference of Foreign Relations held at the Nassau Hotel in Long Beach, Long Island.
The conference, attended by 300 delegates, was presided over by Professor S. M. Lindsay of Columbia University. Mr. Hughes, unsuccessful Republican candidate for POTUS in 1916, said...
"If the world is to be made safe for democracy, it must be a world in which the nations recognize and maintain the supremacy of law."
Mr. Hughes went on to discuss the prospects for peace. He asked if there would be a Roman peace imposed by a dominating state or a peace where every nation would be secure in equality, independence and integrity.
"America's entrance into the war should assure the answers. We have responsibility to the call of civilization, of humanity itself..."
*Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948) was born in Glen Falls, NY & educated at Columbia, Brown, Colgate & Columbia Law School. CEH served as Governor of New York 1907-1910 & Justice of the US Supreme Court 1910-1916.
In 1916 Hughes won the Republican nomination for POTUS but was narrowly defeated by President Woodrow Wilson. He was Secretary of State 1921-1925 & served again on the USSC 1930-1941.
"'Hughes Points Way To Safety For Democracy", The Chicago Daily Tribune, May 29, 1917.