Harold Everett HUGHES, Congress, IA (1922-1996)
Senate Years of Service:1969-1975
HUGHES, Harold Everett, a Senator from Iowa; born near Ida Grove, Ida County, Iowa, February 10, 1922; attended the public schools and the University of Iowa; Army combat rifleman in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy during the Second World War; engaged in motor transportation business; elected to Iowa State Commerce Commission 1959-1962; Governor of Iowa 1963-1968; executive committee, National Governors Conference 1965-1967; chairman Democratic Governors Conference 1966-1968; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1968 and served from January 3, 1969, to January 3, 1975; was not a candidate for reelection in 1974; briefly sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1971; served on the Commission on the Operation of the Senate 1975-1976; consultant to the Senate Judiciary Committee 1975-1976; president, The Hughes Foundation; chairman, Harold Hughes Centers for Alcoholism and Drug Treatment; was a resident of Des Moines, Iowa, before moving to his retirement home in Glendale, Ariz., where he died on October 23, 1996; remains cremated.
BibliographyHughes, Harold E. The Man From Ida Grove: A Senator's Personal Story. Waco, Tex.: Word Books, 1979; Larew, James C. “A Party Reborn: Harold Hughes and the Iowa Democrats.“ Palimpsest 59 (September/October 1978): 148-61.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present