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About: Nathaniel Hughes Jr.

The late Nathaniel “Nat” Cheairs Hughes, Jr., Ph.D., was headmaster of Girls Preparatory School, and beloved member of the Chattanooga community. A native of Chattanooga and life-long history student, Dr. Hughes received his B.A. in history from Yale University in 1953, a master’s degree and his doctorate degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1956. Dr. Hughes was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant, where he served 2 years as an amphibious tank commander. He reached the rank of Captain while serving in the Marine Corps Reserve. He began his educational career in 1959, serving for three years at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN, where he coached and taught history and English. He was appointed headmaster of St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, TN in 1962, where he served for more than 11 years, helping the school grow and prosper. In 1973, Dr. Hughes became headmaster of GPS, where he served faithfully for 14 years. Upon retiring in 1987, Dr. Hughes turned to his passion for history and writing. He has authored 35 books, including fiction and non-fiction, and in 2000 was awarded the Charles L. Defour Award for a lifetime of achievement in the historiography of the American Civil War.

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