Harry Hughes, a Democrat who held the Maryland Governorship from 1979 to 1987 has died.
Current Governor Larry Hogan released a statement today saying “The First Lady and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Governor Harry Hughes, a longtime friend and Maryland legend whom I deeply admired. His dedication to our great state – as a distinguished member of the Maryland General Assembly and as our 57th governor – and his service to our nation as a member of the Navy Air Corps during World War II leave a legacy behind that will be forever remembered.”
The Governor continued saying “Our most sincere prayers are with his two daughters, Ann and Elizabeth, his family, friends and loved ones in this time of grieving. We will give him the celebration of life that he truly deserves.”
Governor Hogan also announced that effective immediately, all Maryland flags will fly at half-staff until sunset on the day of Hughes’ internment.
Hughes was the last Maryland Governor to emanate from the Eastern Shore, being born in Easton and spending the majority of his life in Caroline County. In addition to his military service in the Navy during World War II, Hughes held public elected office from 1955 to 1987 in the House of Delegates, State Senate and the Governorship.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the near future.