A commenter on that post mentioned Rugby, Tennessee, the colony founded by Hughes. Following that link, we learn:
British author and social reformer Thomas Hughes, famous for his classic, TOM BROWN'S SCHOOLDAYS, dedicated the Rugby Colony amid great fanfare on October 5, 1880. He envisioned his new community as a place where those who wished could build a strong agricultural community through cooperative enterprise, while maintaining a cultured, Christian lifestyle, free of the rigid class distinctions that prevailed in Britain. The idea for the colony grew out of Hughes' concern for the younger sons of landed British families. Under the custom of primogeniture, the eldest son usually inherited everything, leaving the younger sons with only a few socially accepted occupations in England. In America, Hughes believed, these young men's energies and talents could be directed toward community building through agriculture.
Thomas Hughes was a Liberal MP. He sat for Lambeth (1865–6) and for Frome (1868–74).
One of Hughes's daughters, Lilian, died on the Titanic in 1912.
Thanks to Wikipedia for these last two.