Robert D. Blue

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Robert Donald Blue
Robert Blue - Official Portrait - 49th GA.jpg
30th Governor of Iowa
In office
January 11, 1945 – January 13, 1949
Lieutenant Kenneth A. Evans
Preceded by Bourke B. Hickenlooper
Succeeded by William S. Beardsley
31st Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
In office
January 14, 1943 – January 11, 1945
Governor Bourke B. Hickenlooper
Preceded by Bourke B. Hickenlooper
Succeeded by Kenneth A. Evans
47th Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives
In office
January 13, 1941 – January 14, 1943
Preceded by John R. Irwin
Succeeded by Henry W. Burma
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 75th district
In office
January 14, 1935 – January 10, 1943
Preceded by R.E. Lee Aldrich
Succeeded by William Tyrrell
Personal details
Born September 24, 1898
Eagle Grove, Iowa
Died December 13, 1989
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Political party Republican
Alma mater Iowa State University
Drake University
Profession Attorney

Robert Donald Blue (September 24, 1898, Eagle Grove, Iowa – December 13, 1989, Fort Dodge, Iowa) was the 30th Governor of Iowa from 1945-49.

Biography[edit]

Blue attended Capital City Commercial College and Iowa State University. He served in the United States Army during World War I. After the war, he earned a law degree from Drake University in 1922. He practiced law in Eagle Grove and was County Attorney of Wright County, Iowa from 1924–31 and City Attorney of Eagle Grove from 1932-34.

In 1934, Blue was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives. He was reelected in 1936, 1938, 1940, and 1942, and was Speaker of the Iowa House from 1939-43. He was elected the 31st Lieutenant Governor in 1942 and then Governor in 1944, winning reelection in 1946.

Blue's policies were unpopular among labor groups (opposed to his bill outlawing the closed shop), farmers (opposed to his tax policies), and teachers (opposed to his cuts in education funding). One of his principal opponents in the legislature, William S. Beardsley, took advantage of Blue's unpopularity and successfully challenged him in the Republican primary in 1948. Blue left public life and returned to his hometown of Eagle Grove. He died of a stroke in 1989.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bourke B. Hickenlooper
30th Governor of Iowa
1945–1949
Succeeded by
William S. Beardsley
Preceded by
Bourke B. Hickenlooper
31st Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
1943–1945
Succeeded by
Kenneth A. Evans
Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
John R. Irwin
47th Speaker
1941–1943
Succeeded by
Henry W. Burma
Preceded by
R.E. Lee Aldrich
56th District
1945–1949
Succeeded by
William Tyrrell