September 20, 1863, Sweden.

June 18, 1949, Mankato, Minnesota.

First Lutheran Cemetery, Grove City, Minnesota.

Emigrating to America in 1883, Nelson initially worked as a farm laborer. He earned a degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1890, did graduate work at Yale University, graduated from Augustana Seminary, and was ordained in 1898. He served as a Lutheran minister in Escanaba, Michigan; Waukegan, Illinois; New Haven, Connecticut; Manistique and Thompson, Michigan; and Clear Lake and Gibbon, Minnesota. He served on the board of Upsala College (now defunct), East Orange, New Jersey (1904-06), as secretary of the Superior Conference of the Augustana Synod for nine years, and on the board of education (1922-24).

  1. Jesus, Lord and Precious Savior
  2. Praise the Lord, Each Tribe and Nation
  3. Praise the Savior, Now and Ever
  4. Prepare the Way, O Zion!
  5. Strait Is the Gate to All That Come

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