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Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, 1801-1879

Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, 1801-1879

Ferdinand Lindheimer arrived in Texas as it was becoming a republic. Later, he played important roles in the developing New Braunfels community. Lindheimer created the town’s first botanical garden, served as superintendent of the county school, and first justice of the peace. He was also editor and publisher of the Neu-Braunfelser Zeitung. During the Civil War, Lindheimer was the leading voice on politics and economics among German Texans. Today, Ferdinand Lindheimer is remembered as the Father of Texas Botany.

More Information

  • Goyne, Minetta A.: A Life Among the Texas Flora, TAMU Press, 1991
  • Hale, Douglas: Wanderers Between Two Worlds, Xlibris, 2005


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