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Civil War Era History

Warren R. Hickox - 76th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive
Kankakee Daily Journal
July 23, 2011

Warren R. Hickox

Warren R. Hickox moved to Kankakee in 1860 and enlisted in the 76th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Before the regiment had started for the front, he was promoted to lieutenant.

While serving in the army as a recruiting officer, Hickox met Georgiana Griffth in Aurora. They married after the war. Two children were born: Warren R. Jr. and Anna M. (the wife of B. Harley Bradley).

Immediately after his marriage, Hickox settled in Kankakee, where in the same year, 1865, he was elected county judge. In 1873 he was chosen as a state legislator and was a delegate to the Republican convention, which nominated future president James Garfield in 1880.

In 1880 he opened a private bank. Among the outside interests, which benefited by his judgment, were the Kankakee Building and Loan Association, of which he had been the treasurer since its organization.

Anna M. Hickox, his daughter, married B. Harley Bradley, who was assistant secretary of the David Bradley Manufacturing Company. Their home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1900 and is now operated by Wright in Kankakee.

"History of Kankakee County" 1906