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Jim Dan Hill

A brief biography of the library's namesake.

Who Was Jim Dan Hill?

Jim Dan Hill was President of the Wisconsin State Teacher’s College at Superior (now UW-Superior) from 1931 through 1964, with periods of leave for military duty. Born in Texas, Dr. Hill was a teacher, historian, author, and education administrator. He also served in the Navy during WWI, in the Field Artillery during WWII, and in the Wisconsin National Guard. He was instrumental in advocating for this library building, which opened in 1969 and was named in his honor.

Jim Dan Hill in front of the library.

Military Service

  • U.S. Navy, WWI
  • Officers Reserve Corps and National Guard, 1923-57
  • Commanding Officer, 190th Field Artillery Regiment, 1942-45
  • Major General commanding 32nd Infantry Division, Wisconsin National Guard, 1946-56
  • WWII decorations include:
    • European theater medal with five cam­paign stars and arrowhead (Omaha Beach)
    • Bronze Star
    • Legion of Merit (Battle of the Bulge)
    • Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur
    • Croix de Guerre with palm.

Jim Dan Hill in uniform.

Education & Career

  • A.B. from Baylor University, 1922
  • M.A. from the University of Colorado, 1924
  • Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, 1931
  • High school principal, assistant commandant of a military academy, and college teacher 1921-24
  • Michigan College of Mines (now Michigan Technological University): Assistant Professor, 1924-26; Associate Professor of English and Economics, 1926
  • Wisconsin State College, River Falls (now University of Wisconsin-River Falls): Chairman of Department of Social Sciences, 1926-31
  • Wisconsin State College, Superior (now University of Wisconsin-Superior): President, 1931-64
  • Wisconsin State Coordinating Committee on Higher Education, Madison: Co-director, 1964
  • Chairman of Committee on National Guard and Reserve Policy, Department of the Army, 1949-53
  • Member of Reserve Forces Policy Board, Department of Defense, 1950-55
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy Advisory Committee, 1959

Publications

  • Sea Dogs of the 'Sixties: Farragut and Seven Contemporaries, North and South, University of Minnesota Press, 1935.
  • The Texas Navy: In Forgotten Battles and Shirtsleeve Diplomacy, University of Chicago Press, 1937.
  • The Minute Man in Peace and War: A History of the National Guard, Stackpole, 1964.
  • Bayonets in the Streets: The Use of Troops in Civil Disturbances (co-author), University of Kansas Press, 1968.
  • The Civil War Sketchbook of Charles Ellery Stedman, Surgeon, United States Navy: Biography and Commentary, Presidio Press, 1976.
  • Weekly column, "News in Review," appearing in ten daily newspapers in United States, 1950-67