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Harold Everett Hughes
Birth: Feb. 10, 1922
Ida Grove
Ida County
Iowa, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1996
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

36th Iowa Governor and US Senator. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Iowa's Governor for three consecutive terms from 1963 until 1969 and as an Iowa US Senator for one term from 1969 until 1975. He attended public schools and the University of Iowa until he joined the US Army following the US entry into World War II, and served in the North African, Sicily, and Italian Campaigns. Following the war, he returned to Iowa and became manager of a local trucking business. A recovering alcoholic, in 1955 he started an Alcoholics Anonymous chapter in his hometown. He founded the Iowa Better Trucking Bureau and from 1958 until 1962 he served in the Iowa State Commerce Commission, including one term as its chairman. In 1962 he entered politics and ran for governor on the Democratic ticket and defeated Republican incumbent Norman Erbe and was re-elected for two additional 2-year terms. As governor, he established a state-wide alcohol treatment program. In 1968 he ran for the US Senate and defeated the Republican challenger David Stanley. In the US Senate he continued to champion the cause of treatment for alcoholism, as well as drug addiction, and was instrumental in helping to pass legislation that created the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 1974. In 1973 he announced that he would not seek re-election to the US Senate. After leaving the US Senate, he devoted himself to religious causes and served for a year as a consultant to the Senate and its Judiciary Committee. He then created the Harold Hughes Foundation and opened the Harold Hughes Center for alcoholics in West Des Moines, Iowa. He appeared as himself in the 1978 film "Born Again," the story of US President Richard M. Nixon's Special Counsel Charles W. Colson in the Watergate Scandal. In 1979 he published his autobiography, "The Man from Ida Grove: A Senator's Personal Story." In his later years, he lived at a retirement community in Glendale, Arizona where he died at the age of 74. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Family links: 
  Julianne Holm Hughes (1943 - 2001)*
  Connie Hughes Otto (____ - 2011)*
  Carol J. Hughes (1943 - 1976)*
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Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove
Ida County
Iowa, USA
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Thank you for your public service to the state of Iowa and in the US Senate, and for your recovery from alcohol addiction. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Feb. 22, 2016

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- Tom Carroll
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