Governor Larry Hogan delivered the eulogy at the funeral for Former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes, a Democrat who served as the state’s 57th Governor from 1979 to 1987.
Hughes, who passed away last week at the age of 92 was an Eastern Shore native, born and raised in Caroline County. Governor Hogan said Hughes restored integrity in Annapolis. The current Governor also praised Hughes for being a fierce advocate of environmental stewardship, highlighting the former Governor’s work to build partnerships with the federal government and surrounding states in order to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
Born in 1926, Hughes served in World War II, once played minor league baseball for an Eastern Shore team out of Easton, and served in both Maryland’s House of Delegates and State Senate.
State flags were lowered to half staff from the date of his death on March 13 until his internment on March 22. Flags will return to full staff at sunset Friday. Hughes was remembered at services in Annapolis and in Denton.