- Rasmus B. Anderson
Rasmus Björn Anderson (
January 12, 1846- March 2, 1936) was a Norwegian-Americanauthor, professor, and diplomat, and the originator of the movement to honor Leif Eriksonwith a holiday in the United States. Through efforts he started and led, Leif Erikson Daybecame an official observance in his native Wisconsinand other U. S. states. Decades after Anderson's death, it became a federal observance as well.
From 1885 to 1889, Anderson served as the
United States Ambassador to Denmark. He taught Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madisonfor many years.
Anderson's book "America not discovered by Columbus: an historical sketch of the discovery of America by the Norsemen in the tenth century" helped popularize the now accepted idea that
Vikingswere the first Europeans in the New World. He was a strong critic of the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone, writing several articles debunking it.
* [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/WLHBA/articleView.asp?pg=1&id=14971&hdl=&np=&adv=yes&ln=Anderson&fn=Rasmus&q=Prof%2E&y1=&y2=&ci=&co=&mhd=&shd= "Rasmus B. Anderson's dream comes true"] Wisconsin State Journal,
May 11, 1929.
* [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/WLHBA/articleView.asp?pg=1&id=150&hdl=&np=&adv=yes&ln=Anderson&fn=Rasmus&q=Prof%2E&y1=&y2=&ci=&co=&mhd=&shd= "Wisconsin professor who hobnobbed with kings"] Milwaukee Journal,
June 26, 1932.
* [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/WLHBA/articleView.asp?pg=1&id=151&hdl=&np=&adv=yes&ln=Anderson&fn=Rasmus&q=Prof%2E&y1=&y2=&ci=&co=&mhd=&shd= "Grand old Viking dies"] Obituary. Wisconsin State Journal,
March 3, 1936.
* [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12633 Text of "A Happy Boy"] by
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, translated by Rasmus Björn Anderson, from Project Gutenberg
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