“The Animated Feather Duster” Slated for April 12 at Historical Society
Ticonderoga, NY – Ticonderoga resident, historian and author Maury Thompson will present a program on local figure Charles Evans Hughes on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Historical Society, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.
Thompson will speak about Hughes and his regional connections, and will show a segment from a documentary in progress about Hughes and the Adirondacks.
Hughes served as Governor of New York from 1907 until 1910. After serving as governor, Hughes was a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. He resigned from the Court in 1916 to accept the Republican nomination for President, losing by a narrow margin to incumbent Democrat Woodrow Wilson. He would go on to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Thompson is the author of “The Animated Feather Duster: Slow News Day Tales of the Legendary Facial Hair of Charles Evans Hughes.” The book chronicles the career of Hughes through historic newspaper and magazine reporting about his trademark whiskers. It was publisher William Randolph Hearst who referred to Hughes as “The Animated Feather Duster,” a nickname that would stick with him throughout his life.
“I like to tell people that, to the best of my knowledge, it’s the first biography of a politician’s whiskers,” Thompson said.
Thompson was a reporter for the Post-Star of Glens Falls for 21 years, retiring in 2017 to pursue an “encore career” as an historian of politics, labor organizing and media in New York’s North Country.
Reservations are not necessary to attend the free program, but seats may be reserved by calling 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to tihistory@bridgepoint1com. Refreshments will be served.