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Term: Anderson, Rasmus Born 1846 - 1936

Definition:

professor, author, diplomat, editor, b. Albion. His father, Bjorn, was one of that small band of Quaker sympathizers who organized the first Norwegian emigration to America in the early 1820's. Anderson, who grew up in this rigorous movement, inherited from him a spirit of independence and a tradition of dissent. He was sent to Luther College, Decorah, Ia., but led a student mutiny there that resulted in his expulsion in 1865, although later he was given his degree and listed among those in the first graduating class. In 1866 he became an instructor at Albion Academy and in 1869 he accepted an appointment as instructor in modern languages at the Univ. of Wisconsin. While there he persuaded the administration to let him include a course in Norwegian in his program, and this led to his appointment in 1875 as the first professor of Scandinavian languages in the university and to the first regular chair in Scandinavian in the U.S. He lectured and wrote extensively on Scandinavian topics, his works including the widely read books, America Not Discovered by Columbus (1874) and Norse Mythology (1875). He also did a series of translations from the Scandinavian, especially the writings of the Norwegian novelist Bjornson, usually with the aid of Mrs. Aubertine Woodward Moore (q.v.). In 1883 he resigned his post at the university and engaged in the insurance business, but in 1885 was appointed American Minister to Denmark. After his return to the U.S. in 1889, he engaged in various commercial enterprises, but made his chief contributions as editor (1898-1922) of the pugnacious Norwegian language weekly, Amerika. His only important publications from this later period were The First Chapter of Norwegian Immigration (1895) and his sparkling autobiography, Life Story of Rasmus B. Anderson (1915). R. B. Anderson, Life Story of R. B. Anderson (Madison, 1915); Wis. Magi Hist., 20, 34; M. M. Quaife, Wis. (4 vols., Chicago, 1924); R. B. Anderson Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the†Rasmus Bjorn Anderson†Papers†for details.

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

93 records found

Abbot, Edwin Hale 1834 - 1927
Abert, George 1817 - 1890
Abimiek
Abraham, Harvey R. 1895
Abraham, Henry William 1866 - 1920
Abrahams, Jim 1944 -
Abrahamson, Shirley S. 1933
Abrahamson, Theodore 1900
Adams, Charles Kendall 1835 - 1902
Adams, Henry Cullen 1850 - 1906
Adams, Thomas Sewall 1873 - 1933
Adams, William 1813 - 1897
Adelman, Lynn S. 1939 -
Adler, David 1821 - 1905
Adler, Solomon 1816 - 1890
Adventists in Wisconsin
Ager, Waldemar Theodor 1869 - 1941
Aikens, Andrew Jackson 1830 - 1909
Ainsworth, Ellen 1918 - 1944
Ainsworth, John H. 1940
Aionez
Akeley, Carl Ethan 1864 - 1926
Albee, George Sumner 1837 - 1898
Albers, Sheryl K. 1954
Alberts, John M. 1933
Albrecht, Max John Frederick 1861 - 1943
Alexander, Alexander Septimus 1860 - 1935
Alexander, Lewis Miller 1858 - 1934
Alexander, Walter 1849 - 1926
Alfonsi, Paul R. 1908
Algonquins
Alimiwec
Allen, Carolyn Blanchard 1921
Allen, Charles Herman(?) 1828 - 1904
Allen, Col. Thomas S. (1825-1905)
Allen, Hiram Storrs 1806 - 1886
Allen, William 1825 - 1883
Allen, William Francis 1830 - 1889
Allis, Charles 1853 - 1918
Allis, Edward Phelps 1824 - 1889
Allis, Louis 1866 - 1950
Allouez, Claude Jean 1622 - 1689
Ameche, Don 1908 - 1993
Ameringer, Oscar 1870 - 1943
Ames, Jesse Hazen 1875 - 1957
Ames, Merlin Mcmain 1879 - 1950
Amikouets
Andastoeronnons
Andatahouats
Anderson, Canute 1830 - 1893
Anderson, Gerald K. 1921
Anderson, John 1872 - 1929
Anderson, Lyman F. 1926
Anderson, Norman C. 1928
Anderson, Rasmus Born 1846 - 1936
Anderson, Thomas Carl 1865 - 1948
Anderson, Wendell Abraham 1840 - 1929
Andrea, Joseph F. 1927
Andrews, Frank Edmund 1874 - 1947
Andrews, Roy Chapman (1884 - 1960)
Angelo, Thomas St. 1889
Anishinabe
Anneke, Fritz 1818 - 1872
Anneke, Mathilde Franziska (Giesler) 1817 - 1884
Annieronnon
Ansley, John D.
Anson, Leonard Niles 1848 - 1927
Antaramian, John M. 1954
Antes, Robert Manning 1863 - 1949
Appleby, John Francis 1840 - 1917
Armitagi, William Edmond 1830 - 1873
Armour, Philip Danforth 1832 - 1901
Armsby, Henry Prentiss 1853 - 1921
Armstrong, Benjamin Green 1820 - 1900
Arndt, Charles C. P. , died 1842
Arndt, John Penn 1780 - 1861
Arnold, Alexander Ahab 1833 - 1915
Arnold, Jonathan Earle 1814 - 1869
Ashley, William Bliss 1811 - 1893
Ashum, David W. 1854 - 1927
Aspin, Leslie, 1938-1995.
AssenipoŽls
Assistagueronons
Astor, John Jacob , 1763-1848
Atkinson, Henry, 1782-1842
Atkinson, Percy C[Hristopherson] 1867 - 1941
Atkinson, William P. 1901
Atwood, David 1815 - 1889
Ausman, La Verne 1930
Austrians in Wisconsin
Aweatsiwaenr-rhonons
AyoŽs, Ayowois
Azim, Jr., James N. 1936

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