Lefevre, Arthur (1863–1928)

By: Arthur Lefevre, Jr.

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 9, 2019

Arthur Lefevre, teacher, administrator, and author, son of Jacob and Catherine Louisa (Sauerwein) Lefevre, was born at Baltimore, Maryland, on June 4, 1863. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1882, attended the University of Virginia from 1882 to 1885, and received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas in 1895. He married Adela Beale Yerby of Baltimore on November 1, 1887; they had three children. Lefevre moved to Texas in 1890, taught in Galveston (1890–92), was superintendent of schools at Gonzales (1892–94), taught mathematics at the University of Texas (1894–99), and served as superintendent of schools at Victoria (1899–1901). He was state superintendent of public instruction from 1901 to 1905, when he returned to Victoria; there he served as superintendent until he moved to Dallas in 1908. He was secretary of the committee that did research on the organization and enlargement of Texas institutions of higher learning from 1911 to 1913. He served as regent of the College of Industrial Arts (later Texas Woman's University) at Denton and was a fellow of the Texas Academy of Science. His speeches on problems of Texas education, including "Public Education in Texas" (1904), "The Rural Schools of Texas" (1903), and "The Proper Relation of the American High School to the American University" (1911), were published in various school journals. His published books were Number and Its Algebra (1896) and The Organization and Administration of a State's Institutions of Higher Education (1914). Lefevre moved to Houston in 1913 and edited the Texaco Star until his death on March 4, 1928.

Houston Post-Dispatch, March 5, 1928. Texaco Star, February 1928. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1.

  • Education
  • Educators
  • Math
  • Writers, Authors, Publications, and Literature
  • Textbook and Educational Writers
  • University Presidents and School Administrators

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Arthur Lefevre, Jr., “Lefevre, Arthur,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 30, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/lefevre-arthur.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 9, 2019