Herschel C. Loveless

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Herschel C. Loveless
34th Governor of Iowa
In office
January 17, 1957 – January 12, 1961
Lieutenant William H. Nicholas
Edward J. McManus
Preceded by Leo Hoegh
Succeeded by Norman A. Erbe
Mayor of Ottumwa
In office
Personal details
Born Herschel Cellel Loveless
(1911-05-05)May 5, 1911[1]
near Fremont, Iowa[1]
Died May 4, 1989(1989-05-04) (aged 77)[1]
Winchester, Virginia[2]
Resting place Ottumwa Cemetery
Ottumwa, Iowa[3]
Political party Democratic Party[1]
Spouse(s) Amelia R. Howard[1]
Children two[4]
Religion Methodist [4]

Herschel Cellel Loveless (May 5, 1911 – May 4, 1989) was the 34th Governor of Iowa, from 1957 to 1961. He was also mayor of Ottumwa, Iowa.[1] He was born in 1911 in Hedrick, Iowa and died in 1989 in Winchester, Virginia.[2]

When elected governor in 1956, Loveless was only the fourth Democrat to win Iowa's gubernatorial seat since the Civil War. His ties to Iowa's growing labor movement and the state's urbanization helped to secure his victories in 1956 and 1958. During his years as governor, Loveless focused on issues such as flood control, mental health, and social services. He also promoted reapportionment to help redress the imbalance in rural-versus-urban representation in the state legislature. Loveless helped to align Iowa's Democratic Party more closely with its national counterpart.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Political Graveyard". LOVELESS. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Herschel Loveless, 77, Ex-Governor of Iowa". The New York Times (AP). May 6, 1989. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Wapello County, Iowa". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  4. ^ a b "National Governors Association". Herschel C. Loveless. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 

Harlan Hahn, Urban-Rural Conflict: The Politics of Change (1971) James C. Larew, A Party Reborn: The Democrats of Iowa, 1950-1974 (1980) Wilson J. Warren, Struggling with "Iowa's Pride": Labor Relations, Unionism, and Politics in the Rural Midwest since 1877(2000)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leo Hoegh
Governor of Iowa
January 17, 1957 – January 12, 1961
Succeeded by
Norman A. Erbe