Darold Leigh Henson
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Born: 1942 in Lincoln, Illinois
I was born and raised in Lincoln, Illinois, and attended Lincoln College my freshman year before earning a bachelor's degree in English at Illinois State University in 1964.
Biographical and Professional Information
I taught English at Pekin Community High School for thirty years (1964—1994), and during that time I earned a master’s in American literature and Ph.D. in English studies, both from Illinois State University. Also during my Pekin years, I taught freshman composition part time at Illinois Central College for several semesters. In the mid-1980s I was a part-time writing consultant and freelance writer and editor whose clients included local engineering firms and Caterpillar Inc. [sic]. From 1990 to 1993 I was a founding partner of Technical Publication Associates, Inc. Beginning in 1994 I taught technical and marketing communication in the English Department of Missouri State University until becoming professor emeritus in 2006 and then taught online two more years. My articles about the theory, practice, and teaching of writing have appeared in several academic journals. In recent years I have been a member of the Illinois State Historical Society. My article on the social -cultural history of the town of Lincoln as seen in William Maxwell’s writings and my article on Mr. Lincoln’s 1858 namesake town rally-speech were published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. I have begun research on a book titled The Rhetorical Education and Development of Abraham Lincoln Before His Presidency. I am married to Patricia Hartman. By a previous marriage, I have two children, Kendra Henson and Brandon Henson; and they are much interested in their Illinois roots. My hobbies include boating, fishing, and visiting historic sites in Illinois.
The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned: The Living Namesake Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois, privately published, 2011
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