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1963-1969, Harold Hughes


1963-1969, Harold Hughes



Harold E. Hughes, a democrat, was born in Ida Grove, Iowa on February 10, 1922. He was the youngest son of Lewis C. and Etta E. Hughes. Lewis was an Ida Grove florist for many years. He graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1940 and was the state discus champion 1938 and an all-state football guard in 1939. He attended the University of Iowa. From 1942 to 1945 he was a rifleman in the US Army, serving in combat in North Africa, Sicily and Otaly. In 1958 he was elected as a member of the Iowa State Commerce Commission. He was inaugurated on January 17, 1963 as Iowa's thirty-sixth governor. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge, the Royal Arch Masons, and the Mizpah Commandery and Abu Bekr Shrine. Hughes was an ardent hunter, fisherman, trapper, and conservationist. He married Eva Mae Mercer of Ida Grove on August 23, 1941. They had three daughters.


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