Rev. Bernt Julius Muus (1832 - 1900)

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Birthplace: Snåsa, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Death: Died in Norway
Occupation: Pastot
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About Rev. Bernt Julius Muus

Reverend Muus and wife left Norway in 1859 to accept a call to become pastor of the Holden Norwegian Lutheran congregation located in north of Kenyon, MN. In 1874 Muus founded St. Olaf college in Northfield, MN.

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Pioneer minister and bishop of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in southern Minnesota. He was the leading founder of Saint Olaf College (1874) in Northfield Minnesota, and also helped found and support Luther College of Decorah, Iowa. He organized congregations and established a number of churches in southern Minnesota. From the time of his arrival in America in 1859 until a year before his death he served as pastor of Holden Parish near his home in Wanamingo Township, Goodhue County, Minnesota. The reverend and his wife were legally separated 20 Jan 1883 after a highly publicised legal battle. Despite being an active dissenter of certain tenets of church doctrine during a period of discord that led to the formation of the separate United Norwegian Lutheran Evangelical Church in 1887, B.J. Muus remained loyal to the original synod preferring to bring about reform from within. He persisted on this course even when his own congregation elected to switch, until in the end he was asked to leave the synod. In 1899 he resigned as pastor after having suffered a stroke and partial paralysis. He was brought back to Norway to live out his remaining days with his daughter Birgitte M. Klüwer and her family in Trondhiem. The Rev. B.J. Muus was laid to rest in the cemetery of Nidaros Cathedral which was built around the burial place of Olav Haraldsson, the King and patron Saint of Norway for whom Rev. Muus honored with his selection of the name St. Olaf College.

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Rev. Bernt Muus's Timeline

1832
March 15, 1832
Snåsa, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
1859
July 12, 1859
Age 27
1860
November 24, 1860
Age 28
Wanamingo, MN, USA
1863
January 7, 1863
Age 30
1866
January 12, 1866
Age 33
1872
March 22, 1872
Age 40
1900
May 25, 1900
Age 68
Norway
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- 1859
University of Christiania
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- 1849
Latin school of Trondheim
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Trondhiem, Norway