Reverend Bernt Julius Muus

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Reverend Bernt Julius Muus

Birthplace: Snåsa, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Death: Died in Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Place of Burial: Trondhiem, Norway
Immediate Family:

Son of Ingebrigt Broderson Muus and Birgitte Magdalene Muus
Husband of Oline Christine Katherine Muus
Father of Birgith Magdalena Muus; Nils Muus; Jens Ingebrigt Rynning Muus and Paul Johan Elster Muus
Brother of Birgitte Magdalena Ingebrigtsdatter Waleur
Half brother of Marie Ingebrigtsdatter Muus; Maria Ingebrigtsdatter Moe; Thrine Ingebrigtsdatter Muus; Trine Ingebrigtsdatter Moe; Nicolai Muus and 4 others

Occupation: Pastot
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About Reverend 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.


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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Reverend Bernt Julius Muus's Timeline

March 15, 1832
Snåsa, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Age 28
January 7, 1863
Age 30
January 12, 1866
Age 33
March 22, 1872
Age 40
May 25, 1900
Age 68
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
- 1859
University of Christiania
- 1849
Latin school of Trondheim
Trondhiem, Norway