The Papers of Jacob Aall Ottesen, 1860-1892, n.d
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Brief Description: Documentation consists of correspondence, 1861-1892; photographs.
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Record Series Number: LCA/RG15/Ottesen, J
Created by: Ottesen, Jacob Aall (1825-1904)
Volume: 1.9 Linear Feet
Biographical Note for Ottesen, Jacob Aall (1825-1904) :

Born June 1, 1825 at Fet, N. Romerike, Norway. Educated. in Norway. Ottesen immigrated to the U.S. in 1852.  With Nils Brandt, he met with local Lutherans and heads of Lutheran schools to inquire if establishing a “Norwegian chair in theology”, in the form of Luther College was possible and profitable.  He was a pastor in Manitowoc, Wis.; Koshkonong, Wisconsin from 1862 to 1891; and the Luther College pastor from 1894 to 1896. One of the 7 pastors organizing the Norwegian Synod, 1853. Married Cathinka Tank Doderlein, 1852. She died in 1899. He died Oct. 30, 1904.


Ottesen var født i Fet, Nedre Romerike. Han utvandra til Amerika i 1852. Sammen med Nils Brandt holdt han møter med lokale lutheranere og ledere for å finne ut om det å grunnlegge et norsk-amerikansk lærested i form av Luther College ville være mulig og lønnsomt. Han var prest i Koshkonong i Wisconsin fra 1860 til 1891 og prest ved Luther College fra 1894 til 1896. Han var en av de sju prestene som grunnla Den norske synoden i 1853.

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PreferredCitation: Cite unpublished materials: Jacob Aall Otteson Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa
Finding Aid Revisions:

11/21/19: AH updated the date.

11/25/19: EC updated the preferred citation.