Arthur E. Bestor

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Arthur E. Bestor
Born 1879
Dixon, Illinois
Died February 3, 1944
New York, New York
Occupation Educator
Spouse(s) Jeanette Lemon
Children Arthur E. Bestor, Jr.
Mary Francis Bestor Cram
Charles Lemon Bestor

Arthur Eugene Bestor (1879 – February 3, 1944) was an educator. He served as the President of Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York from 1907 to 1944.


Early life

Arthur Eugene Bestor was born in 1879 in Dixon, Illinois.[1]


Bestor served as the President of Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York from 1907 to 1944.[2] He was a proponent of adult education. Under his twenty-five year administration, the Institution grew from an assembly for teachers and ministers with modest facilities to a wide-ranging summer program with a symphony orchestra, an opera company, a resident repertory theater company, and celebrated lecturers.

Personal life

He was married to Jeanette Lemon.[1] They had three children:

  • Arthur E. Bestor, Jr..[1] He was a distinguished professor of American intellectual and constitutional history, and an important critic of American educational practices.
  • Mary Francis Bestor Cram.[1] She was a leader of lay organizations in the American Baptist Church and the Young Women's Christian Association, serving as president of the U.S. organization.
  • Charles Lemon Bestor.[1] He is a composer of contemporary classical music, a music educator, and professor of music (emeritus) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


He died on February 3, 1944 in New York City.[1]


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