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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rasmus Björn Anderson

Teacher • Author • Diplomat

 
 
Rasmus Björn Anderson Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
1. Rasmus Björn Anderson Marker
Inscription. Born of Norwegian parents in town of Albion, January 12, 1846

Member of the University faculty 1869-1883
United States Minister to Denmark 1885-1889
Died in Madison, Wisconsin, March 2, 1936

First Wisconsin-born professor on the University faculty
First professor of Norwegian descent in an American university
Founder of the first chair of Scandinavian languages in America

"Urdar orgi kvedr engi madr"

This native rock, which Anderson cherished for its likeness to a Viking ship, was removed from his home in 1987 and placed here by the Scandinavian section of the Wisconsin Centennial Committee.
 
Location. 43° 4.601′ N, 89° 24.172′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Observatory Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is in the Muir Woods on the north side of Observatory Drive, across Observatory Drive from North Hall, on the University of Wisconsin campus. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert E. Gard Memorial Storyteller's Circle (here, next to this marker); Natural Wonders (within shouting distance of this marker); Howard M. Temin
Rasmus Björn Anderson Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
2. Rasmus Björn Anderson Marker
The marker is on the top left hand side of the rock described in the marker.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); North Hall (about 400 feet away); The American Character (about 400 feet away); The Power of Ideas (about 500 feet away); Black Hawk (about 600 feet away); Lincoln Statue (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Also see . . .  Anderson Biography. From the Norwegian-American Historical Association (Submitted on July 7, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
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The Marker from Storyteller's Circle image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
3. The Marker from Storyteller's Circle
Rasmus Björn Anderson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
4. Rasmus Björn Anderson Memorial
Memorial in Rockdale, Wisconsin to "an intellectual pioneer among the Norwegians in America, born January 12, 1846 in Albion Township, Dane County, Wisconsin, died March 2, 1936 in Madison, Wisconsin, erected 1936 at the centennial of this community by his friends."
Location of Rasmus Björn Anderson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
5. Location of Rasmus Björn Anderson Memorial
The memorial is behind the Rockdale sign, in Rockdale, Wisconson.
Coordinates: 42.972381, -89.031278
 
 
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