Lieutenant Colonel Sam Hughes Analytical Essay by Nicky

An overview of the career and controversy surrounding Sam Hughes, Canadian politician and military leader.
# 146305 | 1,951 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2010 in Canadian Studies (Military, Peace-Keeping)

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The paper provides a review of Hughes' early life and explores the literature on Sam Hughes and his career. The paper addresses Hughes' arrogance and attitudes, the dismissal of Hughes from his position during World War I, the disastrous Ross rifle that he insisted on promoting, his failure with other weapons and his insistence on average citizens being trained in the military. The paper notes his successes in attracting men to join the military but shows how every publication and historical record of Sam Hughes highlights his errors and faults.

Introduction to Sam Hughes
The Literature That Best Describes Sam Hughes & His Career

From the Paper:

"If Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Hughes, also known as Sir Samuel Hughes and Sam Hughes, is one of the true scoundrels in Canadian history, why are scholars and historians continually bringing his name up and reviewing his life? If Sam Hughes is truly an embarrassment to the dignity of Canada, and a black mark on the otherwise sterling reputation of Canadian political and military history, why then do authors who bring old issues back to life write books and article about him? Could it be that no matter that Hughes engaged in skullduggery, brash arrogance, illegal activities and that from time to time he used questionable judgment, his name still reflects derring-do in a memorable way because of his political and military accomplishments?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • CDNMilitary.CA. 2002. "The Canadian World War One Mobilization: A ComplicatedMatter." Retrieved March 15, 2009, from
  • Cook, Tim. 2004. "The Madman and the Butcher: Sir Sam Hughes, Sir Arthur Currie,And Their War of Reputations." The Canadian Historical Review 85 no. 4, 695-719.
  • First World War. 2002. "Who's Who: Sam Hughes." Retrieved March 16, 2009, from
  • Haycock, Ronald G. Sam Hughes: The Public Career of a Controversial Canadian, 1885-1916. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfred Lauier University Press, 1986.
  • Hughes, Sam. 1916. "Letter of Resignation - Sir Sam Hughes - We were there." LibraryAnd Archives Canada. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from

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