Iowa Governor and U.S. Senator Harold E. Hughes was a charismatic politician who changed government and politics during tumultuous times here in the Hawkeye State and throughout the nation. A transitional governor in the 1960s, he rose from the depths of alcoholism to lead Iowa through controversies about liquor by the drink, legislative reapportionment, Amish schools and racial tensions. As senator, Hughes spoke out against the Vietnam War and helped uncover illegal bombing in Indochina.
Learn more about his influential life and career during this "Iowa Stories" online presentation by Jerry Harrington, who is writing a Hughes biography. Harrington is a graduate of Cornell College with a master's degree in history from the University of Iowa. He retired in 2014 from Pioneer Hi-Bred, where he was marketing public relations manager.