1826–1910

Introduction

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Born: De­cem­ber 22, 1826, Berg­en, Nor­way.

Died: De­cem­ber 19, 1910, De­co­rah, Io­wa.

Buried: Wash­ing­ton Prair­ie Lu­ther­an Church, De­co­rah, Io­wa.

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Biography

Koren was the hus­band of Else Elis­a­beth Hy­sing.

He has been called the pa­tri­arch of Nor­we­gian-Am­er­i­can Lu­ther­ans.

He gra­du­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Chris­ti­a­na in 1852; helped found Lu­ther Col­lege in De­cor­ah, Io­wa, and Lu­ther Sem­in­ary in St. Paul, Min­ne­so­ta.

He re­ceived a doc­tor­ate of di­vin­i­ty from Con­cor­dia The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry, St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri, in 1903.

He served as pas­tor of the Wash­ing­ton Prair­ie con­gre­ga­tion in Io­wa, and pre­si­dent of the Nor­we­gian Sy­nod (1894–1910).

The king of Nor­way made him a Com­mand­er of the Order of St. Ol­af for his achieve­ments.

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