Rasmus Bjorn Anderson

Rasmus Bjorn Anderson

Birth
Albion, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 2 Mar 1936 (aged 90)
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Cambridge, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 7129411 · View Source
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US Diplomat. Served as United States Minister to Denmark from 1885 to 1889. Also served as an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Wisconsin in 1868.

He was a professor of Scandinavian Language and Literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison, the oldest such department in an American University. He founded a publication company, The Norroena Society which focused on republishing translations of texts about the history and mythology of Northern Europe. He was the author of numerous books with Scandinavian themes, such as "America Not Discovered by Columbus" (1874), "Norse Mythology" (1875), and "Viking Tales of the North" (1877). He translated many books by Scandinavian authors, most notably the Norwegian novelist, Bjornstjern Bjornson. From 1885 through 1889, he served as United States Ambassador to Denmark. From 1898-1922, he was the editor of the Norwegian weekly newspaper "Amerika". Through his efforts, Leif Erikson Day became an official observance in his native Wisconsin, and decades after his death, it became a federal observance by Presidential proclamation in 1964.



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