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Russell L. Wilson and Governor and Senator Hughes were close friends for many years. “He was like a brother to me,” Wilson said. Their families remained friends throughout Hughes life.
In 1962 when Hughes was governor, he appointed Wilson to the Iowa State Board of Control that administered thirteen state institutions including prisons, training schools for youth, mental hospitals, and several residential institutions. In the four years that Wilson served on that board he accompanied Hughes on several state and political trips and administered several special projects for the Governor including the Iowa Comprehensive Alcoholism Project.
Wilson, a retired clergyman, has co-authored two additional books and has published many articles. His personal contact with Hughes provides many insights into Hughes’ career and life. He also shares many stories about Hughes that have never been published.
William G. Hedlund graduated from Iowa State University in 1958 with a major in History and minors in Government and Industrial Administration. He was employed by the Legislative Research Bureau from 1959 to 1962. He then returned to Iowa State to work on a Master’s Degree.
In 1964, he took the opportunity to join the staff of Governor Harold Hughes. He was responsible for health/education, welfare, and revenue. He went on to serve on Senator Harold Hughes’ staff as Legislative Assistant and Office Manager from 1969 to 1972.
After returning to Iowa, Hedlund owned a retail store for 13 years then managed two housing projects for the elderly.