Born: September 20, 1863, Sweden.
Died: June 18, 1949, Mankato, Minnesota.
Buried: 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 Uppsala College (now closed), 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).
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