b. 1832 – Georgia
Hubbard spent his formative years in rural Jasper County. He received a degree in literature from Mercer Institute and a law degree from Harvard. Hubbard was appointed district attorney in Smith County but resigned in 1859 to run for the legislature. He recruited for the Confederate forces, commanded the Twenty-Second Texas Infantry, and was elected lieutenant governor for two terms.
Hubbard became governor in 1876 when Richard Coke resigned to become a U.S. Senator. His term was marked by general lawlessness, post-Reconstruction financial issues, and a legislature that rarely met. After the governorship, he served as minister to Japan under President Cleveland and a board member of Texas A&M.