December 22, 1826, Bergen, Norway.

December 19, 1910, Decorah, Iowa.

Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa.


Koren 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; and 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. His works include:

  1. Al Verden nuraabe for Herren med Fryd