Robert E. Hartley

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Name: Robert E. Hartley

Pen Name: None

Genre: Illinois History, Illinois Politics

Born: 1936 in Winfield, Kansas

Website: N/A

Email: sniktau@aol.com


Illinois Connection

Robert was a journalist and group editor of the former Lidsey-Schaub newspapers in Illinois, which included papers in Decatur, Carbondale, East St. Louis, Edwardsville and Champaign-Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hartley was a journalist and group editor of the former Lidsey-Schaub newspapers in Illinois. He has written books on Illinois history and politics, including books on Illinois politicians Paul Powell and Paul Simon.

His book Lewis & Clark in the Illinois Coutnry: The Little-Told Story focuses on the prelude to the historic expedition, from the American Revolution to 1803, and the crucial six months in the winter of 1803-04 that the exploreres spent in the Illinois country, recruiting and gathering supplies and infomration. The expeditiion began more than 200 years ago with the creation of a camp near what is now known as Wood River in Madison County.

Published Works

  • Charles H. Percy: A Political Perspective, Rand McNally, 1975
  • Big Jim Thompson of Illinois, Rand McNally, 1979
  • Paul Powell of Illinois, A Lifelong Democrat, Southern Illinois University Press, 1999
  • Lewis & Clark in the Illinois Country: The Little Told Story, Xlibris Corporation, 2002
  • An Uncertain Tradition, U.S. Senators from Illinois, 1818-2003, Southern Illinois University Press, 2003 - written with David Kenney
  • Death Underground: The Centralia and West Frankfort Mine Disaster, Southern Illinois University Press, 2006 - written with David Kenny
  • Saving Yellowstone, Xlibris Corporation, 2007
  • Paul Simon: The Political Journey of an Illinois Original, Southern Illinois University Press, 2009
  • The Heroic and the Notorious: U.S. Senators from Illinois, Southern Illinois Universtity Press, 2012 - written with David Kenney
  • Battleground 1948: Truman, Stevenson, Douglas, and the Most Surprising Election in Illinois History, Southern Illinois University Press, 2013
  • The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois: Paul Powell, Clyde L. Choate, John H. Stelle, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016

Titles at Your Library

Charles H. Percy: A political perspective

ISBN: 0528810189
Release Date: 1975

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Big Jim Thompson of Illinois

ASIN: B0006DWVTO
Release Date: 1979


Paul Powell of Illinois: A Lifelong Democrat

ISBN: 0809322714
Release Date: 1999-11-17

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Lewis and Clark in the Illinois Country: The Little-Told Story

ISBN: 1401057942
Release Date: 2002-08-27

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An Uncertain Tradition: U.S. Senators From Illinois 1818-2003

ISBN: 0809325497
Release Date: 2003-11-21

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Death Underground: The Centralia and West Frankfort Mine Disasters

ISBN: 0809327058
Release Date: 2006-07-24

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Saving Yellowstone

ISBN: 1425771211
Release Date: 2007-08-29

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Paul Simon: The Political Journey of an Illinois Original

ISBN: 080932945X
Release Date: 2009-10-26

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The Heroic and the Notorious: U.S. Senators from Illinois

ISBN: 080933108X
Release Date: 2012-10-04

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Battleground 1948: Truman, Stevenson, Douglas, and the Most Surprising Election in Illinois History

ISBN: 0809332663
Release Date: 2013-09-02

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The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois: Paul Powell, Clyde L. Choate, John H. Stelle

ISBN: 0809334747
Release Date: 2016-04-18

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Literary Awards

Award of Merit from Illinois State Historical Society in 1980 for Big Jim Thompson of Illinois

Certificates of Excellence from the Illinois Historical Society in

  • 2007 for Death Underground: The Centralia and West Frankfort Mine Disasters
  • 2004 for An Uncertain Tradition: U.S. Senators from Illinois, 1818-2003

Lewis and Clark in the Illinois Country: The Little-Told Story, was chosen as centerpiece book for the Illinois State Library Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration. Hartley was also chosen as a principle speaker at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

The Delta Award of the Friends of Morris Library at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale was presented to Hartley in April 2007. The award is given to those who have "written/published about southern Illinois with distinction or added to the cultural life of southern Illinois." Hartley’s award was for work as a journalist and author.

The Cowley County Historical Society History Award was received in 2006 in "recognition of your efforts to document the history of Winfield, Kansas." Hartley, with his wife, Mary, is a founder of Celebrate Winfield History, an annual symposium.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Robert E. Hartley on WorldCat

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