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Edward Hughes

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Edward Hughes (1819-1859)

1860 Obituary [1]

MR. EDWARD HUGHES was born in Ireland, in 1819; and after receiving the rudiments of education at the Kildare Place Model School, Dublin, he became, in 1836, through the recommendation of Mr. Irvine, the master of the Kildare School, the junior teacher of writing and arithmetic in the Clergy Sons’ School at Edgworthstown.

He was, subsequently, through the same influence, appointed, in 1839, to Aubyn’s Pauper Model School, at Norwood, then under the superintendence of the Committee of Council on Education.

In 1841, Mr. Hughes was named second master of the Lower School of Greenwich Hospital; and in 1844, he succeeded to the office of Head Master of the Royal Naval School, on the retirement of his friend, Mr. Irvine, to whose care he had, from his earliest boyhood, owed much of his success.

While at Greenwich, Mr. Hughes edited and compiled several elementary educational books, principally on geography and arithmetic. Expenses attending the publication of some of his later works, exhausted his means, and greatly harassed and distressed him.

His health failed; and after a lingering illness, he died at Greenwich Hospital, on the 30th of July, 1859, in the fortieth year of his age, leaving a very large family in embarrassed circumstances. His mathematical and mechanical attainments led to his election, in 1848, as an Associate of the Institution.

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