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Bestor, Arthur E. (Arthur Eugene), 1879-1944 (Pres. of Chautauqua Institute)


biographical statement

Arthur Eugene Bestor (1879– February 3, 1944) was an educator who served with distinction as President of Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York from 1915 to 1944. Bestor was a national force for adult education and 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. (Wikipedia entry quoted rather than LCCNAF due to wildly varying dates).