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Clarence John Hicks

oil industry executive , humanitarian.

Clarence John Hicks, oil industry executive, humanitarian. Member President’s Conference on Unemployment, 1921.


Hicks, Clarence John was born on March 7, 1863 in Omro, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Reuben P. and Sophia B. (Kimball) Hicks.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin, 1884, Bachelor of Laws, 1888. Honorary Master of Arts, Princeton, 1933. Doctor of Laws, University of Michigan, 1937.


In Young Men’s Christian Association work, 1888-1915. As head of railroad department, investigated condition of Russian railroad employees for Russian government. Associate general secretary International Cora.

Young Men’s Christian Association, 1901-1911, making 13 trips to Europe on Young Men’s Christian Association business, also supervising Young Men’s Christian Association club work in Canal Zone. With executive department (welfare work) of International Harvester Company, 1911-1915, headquarters at Chicago. Executive assistant to president of Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, 1915-1917, to president of Standard Oil Corporation (New Jersey), 1917-1933.

Chairman of the executive committee Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc., since July 1933. Occasional lecturer on industrial relations, Princeton, Harvard, Yale and several other universities.


  • Author: My Life in Industrial Relations, 1941.


Member President’s Conference on Unemployment, 1921.


Married Mary B. Riddell, July 22, 1890 (died 1913). Married second, Esther Collins Chappell, June 23, 1917.

Reuben P. Hicks

Sophia B. (Kimball) Hicks

Mary B. Riddell

Esther Collins Chappell