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This article is about the politician. For the artist, see Robert Blue.

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

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 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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Preceded by
Bourke B. Hickenlooper
Governor of Iowa
Succeeded by
William S. Beardsley


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