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HASSELQUIST, Toovay Nelsson, clergyman, born in Hasslared, Sweden, 2 March, 1816. His parents were peasants. The son was graduated at the College of Kristianstad in 1835, studied theology at the University of Lurid, and was ordained to the Lutheran ministry in 1839. After occupying the office of assistant pastor in various parishes he left his native country in 1852, and settled in Galesburg, Illinois, where he has ever since been an active laborer in aid of the educational and religious interests of his countrymen. He was called in 1863 to the presidency of the Swedish seminary at Paxton. which was removed in 1875 to Rock Island, Illinois, under the title of Augustana college and theological seminary. Under the presidency of Dr. Hasselquist these have become second to none of the Lutheran institutions in the country. He was one of the founders of the Scandinavian Augustana synod and its presiding officer in 1860-'70, and has held many offices of honor and trust, in his own synod and in the general council. In the interest of Swedish immigrants Dr. Hasselquist travels extensively every year through the western states, and in 1870 he returned to his native country for the same purpose. In 1855 he founded at Chicago a religio-political periodical called "Hemhmdet det Gamla oeh det Nya," of which he still (1887) has charge, and since 1856 he has edited a religious periodical, published in Rock Island, Illinois, at first under the title "Ratta Hemlandet," but several years ago changed to "Augustana och Missionaren." Muhlenberg college, Allentown, Pennsylvania, gave him the degree of D. D. in 1870. He has published various addresses and sermons.
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