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Term: Ager, Waldemar Theodor 1869 - 1941


author, editor, b. Fredrikstad, Norway. He was educated in the common schools. He migrated to the U.S. in 1885 and settled in Chicago where he was employed as a printer's apprentice in Norwegian-American shops. In 1892 he moved to Eau Claire, obtaining employment as a printer for the Norwegian weekly Reform. He became its editor in 1903. Active in the temperance movement, he lectured widely on this subject and on Norwegian traditions and customs. He was the author of four novels, eight collections of short stories and essays, two short novels, and a history of the 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, all written in Norwegian. Ager was a leading spokesman for, and influential supporter of, the Wisconsin Prohibition party. Eau Claire Leader, Aug. 2, 1941; Who's Who in Amer., 21 (1940).

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Waldemar Ager Papers for details.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]
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