Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, University of North Carolina, 1908. Student Columbia University, 1909-1911.
He was on the teaching staff of Columbia University from 1912 onward. He was awarded the 1924 Pulitzer Prize for his 1922 play Hell-Bent Fer Heaven. He was the tenth of eleven children of Andrew Jackson Hughes and Martha Jane Gold Hughes.
He received both his undergraduate degree (1907) and master"s degree (1909) in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hell-bent fer Heaven (1924) was performed 122 times at the Klaw Theater (which later became the Avon and then Columbia Broadcasting System Theater #2). lieutenant was made into a movie in 1926.
Hughes was a professor at Columbia University. A University of North Carolina graduate, he returned often to North Carolina to speak and provide insight on Broadway.
His detailed correspondence from New York to North Carolina and his mother provides a wealth of information to this day for Silver Screen researchers and archivists at the University of North Carolina.
The marriage produced a daughter, Ann Ranney Hughes. During the First World War, he served as an Army captain. He and his family divided their time between their home in New York City and their farm in West Cornwall, Connecticut.
Served as captain American Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919, World War I.
Married Janet Ranney Cool, May 28, 1930.