H. G. Haugan

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H. G. Haugan
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Born(1840-11-07)November 7, 1840
Christiana, Norway
Died January 29, 1921(1921-01-29) (aged 80)
Pasadena, California,
United States
Nationality United States
Occupation Railroad and banking executive
Years active 1864-1910

H. G. Haugan (November 7, 1840 – January 29, 1921) was a Norwegian-born, American railroad and banking executive. [1]



Hauman G. Haugan was born in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway. He was the elder son of Helge A. and Anna B. Haugan. Together with his brother Helge Alexander Haugan, he immigrated to Canada and moved to Montreal in 1859.

Oslo Place in Østlandet, Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.

Helge Alexander Haugan American banker

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Canada Country in North America

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Haugan was bookkeeper and later acting cashier of Batavian Bank in LaCrosse, Wisconsin from 1864 until 1870. Haugan entered railway service as paymaster and later auditor of the South Minnesota Railway Co., later the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway from 1870 until 1880. [2]

Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway American railroad from 1870 to 1960

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Haugan was the assistant to the comptroller and general manager of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway from 1880 until 1893. Haugan later served with the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway, as Land Commissioner and Comptroller. He retired from his railroad career in 1910. [3]

Haugan was a partner and shareholder of the Chicago banking firm Haugan & Lindgren. He was a later a director the State Bank of Chicago. The town of Haugan, Montana in Mineral County, Montana was named for Hauman G. Haugan. [4]

Haugan & Lindgren was a bank headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The bank operated from December 8, 1879, until February 10, 1891, from quarters at No. 57 and No. 59 La Salle Street. The bank was a partnership of Helge Alexander Haugan, H. G. Haugan and John R. Lindgren. Haugan & Lindgren was a predecessor of the State Bank of Chicago.

State Bank of Chicago was an American banking firm which conducted business under a state of Illinois charter issued on February 10, 1891. State Bank of Chicago operated from offices in the Chamber of Commerce Building located at the southeast corner of La Salle and Washington streets in Chicago, Illinois. State Bank of Chicago was a successor to the private banking partnership of Haugan & Lindgren, Bankers which had been in operation since 1879. Haugan & Lindgren had been housed at No. 57 and No. 59 La Salle Street, Chicago. That bank was founded by Norwegian born Helge Alexander Haugan and his partner John R. Lindgren. It had initially focused on the large population of Scandinavian residents within the Chicago area.

Haugan is an unincorporated community in Mineral County, Montana, United States. Haugan is situated 16 miles (26 km) east of the Idaho border and 90 miles (140 km) west of Missoula on Interstate 90 at the Haugan Exit #16.

An invalid for several years before his death, Haugan died suddenly at his winter home in Pasadena, California, on January 29, 1921. [5]

Pasadena, California City in California, United States

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California State of the United States of America

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  2. A History of the Norwegians of Illinois (A. E. Strand, comp. and ed. Chicago: John Anderson Publishing Company. 1905)
  3. The Book of Chicagoans: a biographical dictionary of leading living men of the City of Chicago (John W. Leonard. Chicago: A. N. Marquis & Co. 1905)
  4. J.P. Rowe (1957). "Railroads of Montana". The Montana Almanac. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  5. Anonymous, "H. G. Haugan, Long Railroad Chief, Dies Suddenly," Chicago Tribune, January 30, 1921, p. 2.

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