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Clausen, Claus Laurits

(Lauritz; November 3, 1820–February 20, 1892). B. Den.; teacher; lay preacher; went to Norw. 1841; to Am. 1843 to work among Norwegians; ordained by Buffalo Syn. October 18, 1843; pastor in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia, and Pennsylvania; elected to Iowa state legislature 1856; Commissioner of Immigration 1856–59; army chaplain 1861–62. With A. C. Preus* and H. A. Stub,* the elder, organized Norw. Ev. Luth. Ch. in Am. 1851; helped organize Syn. for the Ev. Luth. Ch. in Am., commonly called Norw. Syn., 1853; its vice-pres.; helped organize The Conf. for the Norw.-Dan. Ev. Luth. Ch. in Am. 1870; its pres.; ed. and author. See also Danish Lutherans in America, 3; Evangelical Lutheran Church, The, 7, 8; Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The.

O. M. Norlie, Prominent Personalities, mimeographed (Northfield, Minnesota, 1942); H. F. Swansen, The Founder of St. Ansgar: the Life Story of Claus Laurits Clausen (Blair, Nebraska, 1949).


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