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General Information

Name:  Victor Hicken  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: September 28, 1921, in Witt, IL


Illinois Connection

Hicken grew up and attended public schools in Gillespie. He earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. After military service, he attended University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. from which he received a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in American History. He went on to become a professor at Western Illinois University. He also taught courses at Knox College in Galesburg and at Black Hawk College in Moline.

Biographical and Professional Information

Victor Hicken was considered an outstanding teacher of Illinois state and local history. He wrote substantially in this area and was a Distinguished Professor of History at Western Illinois University before his retirement.

In his 34-year tenure as professor of history at the University, he was named Most Popular Teacher by students, as well as the first Annual Faculty Lecturer, a tradition which began with his address. He served as chair of the History Department from 1967-1969; and in 1976 he was voted Illinois Author of the Year by Illinois Association of Teachers of English. During his last five years at WIU, he held the position of Distinguished University Professor, the first and only WIU professor to be awarded this honor by a faculty committee.

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-- Awarded ''Illinois Author of the Year'' by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in 1976.