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Victor Hicken

Born: September 28, 1921, in Witt, IL
Died: 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.

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

Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Victor Hicken on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Illinois in the Civil War /
ISBN: 0252061659 OCLC: 21973891

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : ©1991.

The world is coming to an end! :
ISBN: 0870003038 OCLC: 1103339

Arlington House Publishers, New Rochelle, N.Y. : [1975]