March 31, 1841, Karlskoga, Värmland, Sweden.
May 12, 1900.
Olsson studied organ in Västergötland; attended Fjellstedt’s Mission Institute in Uppsala; the Mission Institute in Leipzig, Germany; and Uppsala University. Ordained in 1863, he served in Karlstad for six years, then emigrated to America in 1869. He lived in the Smokey Hill River valley of McPherson County, Kansas, pastored in Lindsborg, and for a while served in the Kansas state legislature. In 1877, he went to Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, as a professor of theology. Resigning in 1888 due to ill health and his wife’s death, he traveled for a while in America and abroad, then pastored in Woodhull, Illinois (1889), then served as president of Augustana College and Theological Seminary (1891–1900). He also helped edit the annual yearbook Korsbaneret, and the 1901 Hymnal, the Augustana Synod’s first hymnal in English.
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