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
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
In office
January 14, 1943 – January 11, 1945
Governor Bourke Hickenlooper
Preceded by Bourke Hickenlooper
Succeeded by Kenneth 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 14, 1989(1989-12-14) (aged 91)
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater Iowa State University
Drake University
Profession Attorney

Robert Donald Blue (September 24, 1898 – December 14, 1989) was the 30th Governor of Iowa from 1945 to 1949.


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 to 1931 and City Attorney of Eagle Grove from 1932 to 1934.

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 to 1943. He was elected the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa 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 Fort Dodge, Iowa on December 14, 1989.


After his death, the middle school in Eagle Grove, Iowa changed its name to Robert Blue Middle School (RBMS) in his memory.


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