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Blue, Robert Donald



  • Existence: 1898-1989


Robert D. Blue was born in Eagle Grove, Iowa, on September 24, 1898. He attended Capital City Commercial College and Iowa State College. After serving in the Army during WWI, he returned to Iowa and received a law degree from Drake University in 1922. Blue married Cathleen Beale in 1926 and they had two children, Barbara and Donald.

Elected to the Iowa House of Representatives, Blue served from 1934 to 1943. He was Speaker of the House from 1937 to 1941. In 1943, he was elected Lieutenant Governor and the following year he defeated R.F. Mitchell to become Governor. He served two terms, during which he supported the standardization of property tax, improved the highways, extended the state hospital program, and encouraged the creation of a retirement program for public employees. Robert D. Blue died in 1989.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Robert Donald Blue Papers

Identifier: MsC0466

Governor of Iowa . Correspondence, subject files, photographs, scrapbooks, etc. relating to his political career.

Dates: 1934-1976; Majority of material found within 1945-1948