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Thorbjorn N. Mohn (July 15, 1844 - November 18, 1899) was an American Lutheran church leader and the first president of St. Olaf College.

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Background

Thorbjorn N. Mohn was born in Saude, Skien municipality in Telemark county, Norway. He was a youngest of eight children of Nils Torbjornson Mohn and Ragnild Johnson Rui. He emigrated from Norway with his family in 1852 at age nine. The family first settled in Columbia County, Wisconsin. Eventually they moved to in rural Dodge County, Minnesota during 1860. He graduated in 1870 from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1873. He was ordained into the Norwegian Synod during 1873.[1]

Career

During May, 1873, Mohn received a call from the congregation of St. Paul's Norwegian Evangelical Church in Chicago from Herman Amberg Preus, President of the Norwegian Synod. Mohn was called the following year as principal of the newly founded St. Olaf's School and pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota. St. Olaf opened on January 8, 1875 as an academy or preparatory school in an old public school building that the Northfield community had outgrown. The religious intentions of the institution were clear, but the school began without the official endorsement of any Lutheran church body.[2]

The Anti-Missourian Brotherhood began to function as an entity within the Norwegian Synod during 1886. About one third of its congregations left the Synod at its annual meeting in Stoughton, Wisconsin during 1887. Thorbjorn N. Mohn was among the leading advocates of the anti-Missourian position together with Bernt Julius Muus and John N. Kildahl as well as Luther Seminary Professor Marcus Olaus Bøckmann. These dissenting "Anti-Missourian Brotherhood" congregations joined in 1890 with the Norwegian Augustana Synod and the Norwegian-Danish Conference to form the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. The United Norwegian Lutheran Church first adopted and then abandoned St. Olaf as its official college. Mohn worked for the college's re-adoption by the Church, which came in being during 1899.[3]

References

  1. ^ Torbjorn Moen (Mohn) ( Ancestry.com) http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/e/n/Charlene-H-Jenson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0068.html
  2. ^ History of the Scandinavians and successful Scandinavians in the United States (by Olof Nickolaus Nelson. O. N. Nelson & Company. 1901) [1]
  3. ^ Thorbjorn N. Mohn (Presidents of St. Olaf College)

Other sources

  • C. A. Mellby, St. Olaf College through Fifty Years, 1874-1924 (Northfield, Mn. 1925)
  • Johan Arnd Aasgaard, ed., Quarter Centennial Souvenir of St. Olaf College, 1874-1899 (Northfield, Mn. 1900)
  • Ingebrikt Grose. The Beginnings of St. Olaf College (Studies and Records, 5:110-121. Northfield, Mn. 1930)

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Thorbjorn N. Mohn (July 15, 1844 - November 18, 1899) was an American Lutheran church leader and the first president of St. Olaf College.

Contents

Background

Thorbjorn N. Mohn was born in Saude, Skien municipality in Telemark county, Norway. He was a youngest of eight children of Nils Torbjornson Mohn and Ragnild Johnson Rui. He emigrated from Norway with his family in 1852 at age nine. The family first settled in Columbia County, Wisconsin. Eventually they moved to in rural Dodge County, Minnesota during 1860. He graduated in 1870 from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1873. He was ordained into the Norwegian Synod during 1873.[1]

Career

During May, 1873, Mohn received a call from the congregation of St. Paul's Norwegian Evangelical Church in Chicago from Herman Amberg Preus, President of the Norwegian Synod. Mohn was called the following year as principal of the newly founded St. Olaf's School and pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota. St. Olaf opened on January 8, 1875 as an academy or preparatory school in an old public school building that the Northfield community had outgrown. The religious intentions of the institution were clear, but the school began without the official endorsement of any Lutheran church body.[2]

The Anti-Missourian Brotherhood began to function as an entity within the Norwegian Synod during 1886. About one third of its congregations left the Synod at its annual meeting in Stoughton, Wisconsin during 1887. Thorbjorn N. Mohn was among the leading advocates of the anti-Missourian position together with Bernt Julius Muus and John N. Kildahl as well as Luther Seminary Professor Marcus Olaus Bøckmann. These dissenting "Anti-Missourian Brotherhood" congregations joined in 1890 with the Norwegian Augustana Synod and the Norwegian-Danish Conference to form the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. The United Norwegian Lutheran Church first adopted and then abandoned St. Olaf as its official college. Mohn worked for the college's re-adoption by the Church, which came in being during 1899.[3]

References

Other sources

  • C. A. Mellby, St. Olaf College through Fifty Years, 1874-1924 (Northfield, Mn. 1925)
  • Johan Arnd Aasgaard, ed., Quarter Centennial Souvenir of St. Olaf College, 1874-1899 (Northfield, Mn. 1900)
  • Ingebrikt Grose. The Beginnings of St. Olaf College (Studies and Records, 5:110-121. Northfield, Mn. 1930)

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