T. R. Fehrenbach

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T. R. Fehrenbach, Jr.
Born (1925-01-12)January 12, 1925
San Benito, Texas, U.S.
Died December 1, 2013(2013-12-01) (aged 88)
San Antonio, Texas
Residence San Antonio, Texas
Occupation Historian
Columnist for San Antonio Express-News and other publications
Spouse(s) Lillian Fehrenbach

Theodore Reed "T. R." Fehrenbach, Jr. (January 12, 1925 – December 1, 2013) was an American historian, columnist, and the former head of the Texas Historical Commission (1987-1991).[1] He graduated from Princeton University in 1947,[2] and had published more than twenty books, including the best seller Lone Star: A History of Texas and Texans[3] and This Kind of War, about the Korean War.

Although he served as a U.S. Army officer during the Korean War, his own service is not mentioned in the book. Fehrenbach also wrote for Esquire, The Atlantic, The Saturday Evening Post, and The New Republic.[4] He was known as an authority on Texas,[5] Mexico, and the Comanche people.[citation needed] For almost 30 years, he wrote a weekly column on Sundays for the San Antonio Express-News. On August 23, 2013, T.R. Fehrenbach announced that he would retire from writing columns because of declining health.[6] T.R. Fehrenbach died of a congenital heart defect at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio on December 1, 2013.[7][8]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Sources for book publication data: United States Library of Congress, Amazon.com.

T. R. Fehrenbach Award[edit]

The Texas Historical Commission gives this award to recognize books about Texas history and pre-history. The award is given annually.[1]


  • Sanbenitohistory.com
  • randomhouse.com
  • Fehrenbach, T. R., Comanches: The Destruction of a People, Knopf, New York, 1974
  1. ^ a b T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award, Texas Historical Commission, retrieved 2009-02-22
  2. ^ "T.R. Fehrenbach." The Complete Marquis Who's Who. Marquis Who's Who, 2008. Gale Biography In Context. Web. Retrieved 6 Jan. 2011. Document URL Gale Document Number: GALE|K2014301392. Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library.
  3. ^ Swartz, Mimi (January 23, 2009). "Oil Portraits". New York Times. ..there is, in fact, a Texas canon. Opinions vary, but my list would include T. R. Fehrenbach’s “Lone Star,” ... 
  4. ^ "T(heodore) R(eed) Fehrenbach, (Jr.)." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale Biography In Context. Retrieved 6 Jan. 2011. Document URL Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000030971. Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library.
  5. ^ Roberts, Sam (May 19, 1994). "A Rank That Rankles: New York Slips to No. 3; Now Texas Is 2d Most Populous State". New York Times. ...T. R. Fehrenbach, second to none as a Texas historian. 
  6. ^ A farewell from an author and historian
  7. ^ He made history read like the news
  8. ^ "Noted Texas historian, author T.R. Fehrenbach dies". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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