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GUENTHER, HEINRICH (1821–1870). Heinrich Guenther, teacher, politician, and musician, was born at Zeitz, Saxony, on March 9, 1821. He sailed to Texas, probably in the 1840s with the colonists of the Adelsverein. After the death of Jean J. von Coll, Guenther married Coll's widow; they had six children. Guenther taught in the city school until 1858, when New Braunfels Academy superseded it. In 1854, as a delegate of the Politischer Verein of New Braunfels, Guenther was elected president of the annual Staats-Säengerfest in San Antonio on May 14 and 15. He served on a committee with a Dr. Nohl and Louis C. Ervendberg to formulate plans to stir up interest for a national convention of the Bund Freier Männer at St. Louis early in November 1854. He was also one of the first directors of the Germania, the first singing society in Texas, organized at New Braunfels on March 2, 1850. Guenther died in New Braunfels on April 8, 1870. See also GERMAN MUSIC.


Rudolph L. Biesele, The History of the German Settlements in Texas, 1831–1861 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1930; rpt. 1964). Edgar R. Dabney, The Settlement of New Braunfels and the History of Its Earlier Schools (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1927). New Braunfels Zeitung, December 17, 1852; April 29, July 1, 1853; May 19, 26, 1854; April 15, 1870; July 22, 1926.

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Rudolph L. Biesele, "GUENTHER, HEINRICH," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 08, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.