John Anderson (publisher)

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John Anderson (March 22, 1836 – February 24, 1910) was a Norwegian-American publisher. [1]

Background[edit]

John Anderson was born at Voss in Søndre Bergenhus Amt, Norway. He was the son of Anders Knudsen Saue (1806–49) and Ragnhild Samsonsdatter Øen (1812–97). He was brought by his parents to Chicago in 1845. His father subsequently died in the cholera epidemic in 1849. Anderson soon became an errand boy in a shop and delivered newspapers for the Commercial Advertiser. This led to a position as an apprentice typographer at that publication. John Anderson subsequently worked for the Chicago Tribune. Anderson decided in 1866 to leave the Chicago Tribune to start his own company. [2][3] [4]

Career[edit]

In 1866, Anderson founded Skandinaven, a weekly or semi-weekly Norwegian language newspaper together with Iver Lawson (1821-1871) and Knud Langeland (1813-1888). Lawson was principally an investor. Langeland was the newspaper's first editor, while Anderson took care of the business side of the business. Anderson purchased the subscription lists of Norske-Amerikanerne, a failing Norwegian language newspaper. Langeland and Lawson left Skandinaven in 1872 and established Amerika, a rival paper. Skandinaven merged briefly with Amerika in 1873 to form Skandinaven og Amerika. Starting the 1870s Skandinaven published a magazine that contained articles of interest, stories, and poetry. It carried works by Norwegian-American writers including Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen and Rasmus B. Anderson. In 1901, John Anderson was knighted by King Oscar II in the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for his work in Skandinaven. [5] [6]

Skandinaven became one of the most influential and successful newspapers in the Scandinavian immigrant community. Through the success of the paper, Anderson was able to build a publishing business that became one of the largest venture of its kind. The newspaper was in operation from May 1866 until October 1941. When Skandinaven suspended publication, Reidar Rye Haugan established the Norwegian language newspaper Viking on which he served as both editor and publisher. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Anderson". Store norske leksikon. May 30, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ NB.no (Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika (Minneapolis, MN: History Book Company’s Forlag, Volume I. 1907)
  3. ^ John Anderson (1836–1910) (Thor M. Andersens bibliografiske database)
  4. ^ Odd Lovoll. "John Anderson, Avisleder". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ UA.edu Scandinavian-American Publisher Holdings 1840–1920 (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Compiled: Ann K. D. Myers. Research: David S. Gehring. Project manager: Barbara Walden. 2004–2005)
  6. ^ Arlow W. Andersen. "Knud Langeland: Pioneer Editor". The Norwegian-American Historical Association. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ Jean Skogerboe Hansen. "Skandinaven and the John Anderson Publishing Company" (PDF). Norwegian-American Historical Association. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 

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