Theodore C. Blegen

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Birthday
16, 1891
Birthplace
Minneapolis, MN
Death Date
Jul 18, 1969 (78)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
16, 1891
Birthplace
Minneapolis, MN
Death Date
Jul 18, 1969 (78)

About

A renowned twentieth-century historian, he is especially known for his work on the subjects of Minnesota and Norwegian settlements in America. His published works include The Competition of the Northwestern States for Immigrants (1919) and Building Minnesota (1938).

Before Fame

He was the superintendent of the Minnesota Historical Society as well as the managing editor of the Norwegian-American Historical Association.

Trivia

The University of Minnesota named its geography department building in Blegen's honor.

Family Life

He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Norwegian immigrant parents. His older brother, Carl Blegen, was a notable archaeologist.

Associated With

He and Spalding Gray were both Guggenheim Fellowship recipients.