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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 bestseller Lone Star: A History of Texas and Texans[3] and This Kind of War, about the Korean War. This Kind of War is seen by many senators and generals as “perhaps the best book ever written on the Korean War”[4] (John McCain, The Wall Street Journal). Secretary of Defense James Matthis said “There’s a reason I recommended T.R. Fehrenbach’s book...that we all pull it out and read it one more time.”[5][6]

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.[7] He was known as an authority on Texas,[8] 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.[9] T.R. Fehrenbach died of a congenital heart defect at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio on December 1, 2013.[10][11]

Selected bibliography

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

T. R. Fehrenbach Award

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


  • Fehrenbach, T. R., Comanches: The Destruction of a People, Knopf, New York, 1974
  1. 1.0 1.1 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. Kesling, Ben (2017-10-09). "On North Korea, Mattis Stresses Diplomacy, But Advises Army to Be Ready" (in en-US). Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. 
  5. "The Book Mattis Reads to Be Prepared for War With North Korea". POLITICO Magazine. 
  6. "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reads this book to be prepared for war with North Korea" (in en). Business Insider. 
  7. "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.
  8. 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." 
  9. A farewell from an author and historian
  10. He made history read like the news
  11. "Noted Texas historian, author T.R. Fehrenbach dies". Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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