Robert D. Blue, Governor

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Robert Donald Blue

Birthplace: Eagle Grove, Iowa, United States
Death: December 14, 1989 (91)
Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States
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Son of Donald Blue and Murtella 'Mertie' Newell
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About Robert D. Blue, Governor

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.

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September 24, 1898
Eagle Grove, Iowa, United States
December 14, 1989
Age 91
Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States