Ole Olsen

(1845-1915). Administrator, General Conference president. He was born at Skogen, near Christiania, Norway. When he was 5 years old his parents came to the United States and settled on a farm in Oakland Township, Wisconsin. At the age of 9 he with his parents began to keep the Sabbath. He was baptized in 1858. The winters of 1864 and 1869 he spent in a Baptist school in Milton, Wisconsin. The school year 1876-1877 he attended Battle Creek College. In 1869 the Wisconsin Conference granted him a ministerial license, and for two summers he served as tentmaster and assistant to Isaac Sanborn. About 1870 he began work among the Scandinavians. On June 2, 1873, he was ordained, and in 1874 he was elected president of the Wisconsin Conference. After two years he was released from the presidency to ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.