A Century Ago, A Noble Fight: What Charles Evans Hughes did when the New York Legislature refused to seat five Socialists (Opinion)

By Hank Greenberg

Charles Evans Hughes

The New York Daily News published President Greenberg’s op ed on Charles Evans Hughes standing up for the rule of law. (may require subscription)

On this day 100 years ago, the state Assembly suspended five duly elected legislators who were members of the Socialist Party.

The newly elected Socialists were not accused of any personal wrongdoing. But they were seen in the eyes of the Assembly of being guilty of something far worse: belonging to a political party whose beliefs were deemed “inimical” to the best interests of the state and nation.

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