Anton Nils Nelson (Nilsson), M.D. (1878 - 1958) MP

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Birthplace: Clark, Wisconsin, United States
Death: Died in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Cause of death: Heart attack two weeks prior
Occupation: Country Doctor
Managed by: Erica Howton, (c)
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About Anton Nils Nelson (Nilsson), M.D.

Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005) spent his youth steeped in the political and natural landscape of northern Wisconsin. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Christiana, Norway, and claimed a homestead allotment in Polk County in 1878, supplementing their farm income with work at a local timber mill. He had the county's many lakeshores for a playground. His mother, a homemaker and trained nurse, taught him about the region's flora and fauna, while his father, a widely known doctor and prominent Progressive Party agitator, administered Gaylord's political education. (4)

  • Anton was interested in virtually everything and "knew more about more things than virtually anybody I ever met in my life," said Rusty Peirson. (Man From Clear Lake, page 46)


  1. Nov. 1948 photograph of Dr. Anton N. Nelson and Mary B. Nelson, parents of Gaylord Nelson. Dr Nelson was a physician in Clear Lake, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Historical Society.
  2. A postcard showing a photograph of "Doctors' Corner", which includes the offices of Dr. L. Campbell (house on the left) and Dr. Anton Nelson, the father of Gaylord Nelson. Village of Clear Lake, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Historical Society.
  3. The Man From Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson. By Bill Christofferson. Page 30-35 "The Country Doctor."
  4. Growing up in Clear Lake
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Dr. Anton N. Nelson's Timeline

February 20, 1878
Clark, Wisconsin, United States
October 10, 1910
Age 32
Oshkosh, Winnebago, Wisconsin, United States
Age 35
Wisconsin, United States
Age 36
Wisconsin, United States
June 4, 1916
Age 38
Clear Lake, Polk, Wisconsin, United States
June 4, 1918
Age 40
Wisconsin, United States
Age 79
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States