Charles Magnus Lindgren

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Charles Magnus Lindgren (November 28, 1819 - September 1, 1879) was a Swedish born, American shipping executive. He was a pioneer in the Great Lakes shipping industry.


Charles Magnus Lindgren was born near Dragsmark in Uddevalla Municipality in the traditional Province of Bohuslän, in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. He went to sea at the age of 14. In 1849, he went to the California gold fields where he engaged in the freight traffic.


In 1852, Lindgren entered into a railway project together with the Bishop Hill Colony and settled in 1854 in Henry County, Illinois, a few miles from Galva. In 1856, Lindgren came to Chicago, bought a couple of freight vessels and contracted with a lumber company for shipping lumber from Michigan to Chicago.[1]

In 1860 he engaged in shipping. He gradually added vessel after vessel until in 1870 he owned half a dozen ships with a combined tonnage of 4,500. Several of these were among the largest in the Great Lake trade at that time. In 1871, he had three more large freighters built at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. One of these, the schooner Christina Nilsson was named after Christina Nilsson, a world-renowned Swedish diva who had visited America that year.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1852, Lindgren returned to Sweden to marry Johanna Andersson. They subsequently returned to America arriving in Chicago. Lindgren was a philanthropic man who was particularly liberal toward the Swedish Methodist Church. When the Swedish Methodist Theological Seminary in Chicago (now Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) was founded, Lindgren contributed generously toward its erection and maintenance. Charles Lindgren was the father of John R. Lindgren, founder of the Haugan & Lindgren bank in Chicago.[3]


  1. ^ History of the Swedes of Illinois, Volume 1 (edited by Ernst Wilhelm Olson, Martin J. Engberg, Anders Schön. Engberg-Holmberg Publishing Company. 1908)
  2. ^ The History of the Christina Nilsson (University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ The Swedish Element in Illinois: Survey of the Past Seven Decades (by Ernst Wilhelm Olson, Swedish-American Biographical Association. 1917)

Other sources[edit]

  • Henschen, Henry S. A History of The State Bank of Chicago From 1879 to 1904 (Chicago: The Lakeside Press. 1905)
  • Benson, Adolph B.; Naboth Hedin Swedes In America (New York: Haskel House Publishers. 1969)

External links[edit]