Aksel Nielsen

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Aksel Nielsen (January 11, 1901 – October 1984) was a Danish-born American philanthropist, founder of the Mortgage Banking Association’s School of Mortgage Banking,[1] a member of the Civil and Defense Mobilization Board and close friend and financial adviser to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.[2]

He was born in Denmark and immigrated to the United States in 1910, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1922. He worked in the banking and real estate industries and served as mortgage solicitor in 1925 for the Title Guaranty Company of Denver, Colorado. He eventually became executive vice president, president and chairman of the board for this company.

In the 1920s Nielsen married Helen Mauer and in 1927 the two had a daughter named Virgina Nielsen.

In September 1953 President Eisenhower appointed him to the Advisory Commission on Government Housing Policies and Programs. During this same period of time Nielsen also was president and then chairman of the board of the Mortgage Investments Company. In 1958 he became a member of the Civil and Defense Mobilization Board whose responsibility it was to advise the Director of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization.


  1. ^ "Colorado Mortgage Lending Industry Newsletter". Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association. Archived from the original on 2008-06-27.
  2. ^ "The Presidential Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower". Johns Hopkins University Press. Archived from the original on 2009-11-16.

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