|1st President of St. Olaf College|
|Succeeded by||John N. Kildahl|
|Born||July 15, 1844|
|Died||November 18, 1899|
|Alma mater||Luther College, Concordia Seminary|
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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.
St. Olaf College is a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota. It was founded in 1874 by Bernt Julius Muus and a group of Norwegian-American immigrant pastors and farmers, led by Pastor Bernt Julius Muus. The college is named after the King and the Patron Saint Olaf II of Norway and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Thorbjorn N. Mohn was born in Saude, Skien municipality in Telemark county, Norway. He was the 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 rural Dodge County, Minnesota in 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 in 1873.
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.
In 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.
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The Anti-Missourian Brotherhood began to function as an entity within the Norwegian Synod in 1886. About one third of its congregations left the Synod at its annual meeting in Stoughton, Wisconsin in 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 occurred in 1899.
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