GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Former U.S. Rep. and U.S. Ambassador William J. Hughes has donated 11 crates of political papers and memorabilia to the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey branch that bears his name — the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.
The collection was dedicated at the college on Wednesday, May 2, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included friends, colleagues, dignitaries and invited guests. The collection includes photos, letters, plaques, declassified political documents, and several presidential pens used to sign bills sponsored by Hughes. Among the plaques is one commemorating the 1978 groundbreaking of what is now called the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township.
Hughes was named Ambassador to Panama by President Bill Clinton in 1995 after serving two decades as a Democratic congressman under five different presidents. The letters and documents in the collection will eventually be digitized and made available for public viewing and research.