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Volume Listing > Volume 22 > Nils Otto Tank: Norwegian aristocrat and philanthropist

Titus, William A., 1868-1951 "Nils Otto Tank: Norwegian aristocrat and philanthropist"

Nills Otto Tank: Norwegian Aristocrat and Philanthropist: The Tank Cottage in Green Bay, erected in 1776, is the oldest house in Wisconsin. It was purchased by Judge Jacques Porlier (dates not verified) in 1805 and served as the headquarters for British agents during the war of 1812. This article describes the missionary work of Norwegian philanthopist Nils Otto Tank (1800-1864) before coming to Wisconsin in the mid-1800s to serve the Moravian church. Tank used his fortune to establish a colony for followers of the church near the Fox River, thereby acquiring the Porlier house and surrounding property. Tank's widow, Caroline Van der Meulen (1803-1891), bestowed his remaining fortune to various missions around the world and donated the cottage to the city of Green Bay. The article also mentions the donation of her father's library, consisting of several thousand volumes of books that came directly from Holland, to the Wisconsin Historical Society. (11 pages)

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Citation: Titus, William A., 1868-1951 "Nils Otto Tank: Norwegian aristocrat and philanthropist" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 22 /Issue: 4 (1938-1939)

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