Knute Nelson, U.S. senator born in Evanger.
Knute was born in 1842 on a mountain farm at Kvilekvål in Evanger. His mother, Ingebjørg, was unmarried and had to provide for the boy on her own. When he was six years old, she borrowed money and took her son with her to America.
Knute, who later took the name Nelson, acquired an education as lawyer, and practiced law in addition to his farming activities. He was elected governor of Minnesota in 1892, and senator in 1895, as the first Scandinavian. He was later re-elected time after time and sat in the Senate in Washington for 28 years. He was involved in law-making processes, and was for many years chairman of the law committee in Congress.
Outside the congress building in St. Paul, Minnesota a large monument has been erected to Knute Nelson, and similarly a memorial to him has been erected at Evanger. Knute Nelson never lost his interest in his native country and visited Evanger twice in later life.
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