Danish immigrants to the United States

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  1. Greta Thyssen

    Greta Thyssen


    Greta Thyssen (born Greta Thygesen on March 30, 1933) is a Danish-born American film actress and former model. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, she appeared in films and television shows between 1956 and 1967.

  2. Thor Nis Christiansen

    Thor Nis Christiansen


    Thor Nis Christiansen (December 28, 1957 – March 30, 1981) was a serial killer from Solvang, California. He committed his first three murders in late 1976 and early 1977, killing young women of similar appearance from Isla Vista, California. His crimes motivated large demonstrations opposed to violence against women, and in favor of better transportation for the young people residing in Isla Vista. In 1979, he killed a young African-American woman from Los Angeles. A fifth intended victim escaped with a bullet in her head, and later identified him in a Los Angeles bar.

  3. Lauritz Melchior

    Lauritz Melchior


    Lauritz Melchior (20 March 1890 – 19 March 1973) was a Danish and later American opera singer. He was the pre-eminent Wagnerian tenor of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, and has since come to be considered the quintessence of his voice type.

  4. Claus von Bülow

    Claus von Bülow


    Claus von Bülow (born Claus Cecil Borberg; 11 August 1926) is a British socialite of German and Danish ancestry. He was accused of the attempted murder of his wife Sunny von Bülow (born Martha Sharp Crawford, 1931–2008) by administering an insulin overdose in 1980 which left her in a persistent vegetative state for the rest of her life, but his conviction in the first trial was reversed and he was found not guilty at his second trial.

  5. Erik Christian Clemmensen

    Erik Christian Clemmensen


    Erik Christian Clemmensen (1876 - May 21, 1941) was a Danish-American chemist.

  6. Christian Mortensen

    Christian Mortensen


    Thomas Peter Thorvald Kristian Ferdinand Mortensen (16 August 1882 – 25 April 1998), known as an adult as Christian Mortensen, was a Danish-American supercentenarian. When he died, his age of 115 years and 252 days was the longest verified lifespan of any male in history until 28 December 2012, when Jiroemon Kimura of Japan surpassed this record. Mortensen was the first man confirmed to reach age 115 (in 1997). In addition to being the oldest person born in Denmark, Mortensen is also distinctive as the oldest person ever of all the Nordic countries, the oldest male emigrant ever and the third-oldest person ever from Europe (after Dina Manfredini and Jeanne Calment).

  7. David Gress

    David Gress


    David Richard Gress (born 29 January 1953) is a Danish historian, known for his 1998 survey From Plato to Nato on Western identity and grand narratives.

  8. Jacob Riis

    Jacob Riis


    Jacob August Riis (May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914) was a Danish American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to help the impoverished in New York City; those impoverished New Yorkers were the subject of most of his prolific writings and photography. He endorsed the implementation of "model tenements" in New York with the help of humanitarian Lawrence Veiller. Additionally, as one of the most famous proponents of the newly practicable casual photography, he is considered one of the fathers of photography due to his very early adoption of flash in photography. While living in New York, Riis experienced poverty and became a police reporter writing about the quality of life in the slums. He attempted to alleviate the bad living conditions of poor people by exposing their living conditions to the middle and upper classes.

  9. Jens Jensen (landscape architect)

    Jens Jensen (landscape architect)


    Jens Jensen (September 13, 1860 - October 1, 1951) was a Danish-American landscape architect. Jens Jensen worked with famed architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.

  10. Peter Sørensen Vig

    Peter Sørensen Vig


    Peter Sørensen Vig (7 November 1854 – 21 March 1929), commonly known as P. S. Vig, was a Danish American pastor, educator, and historian in the Lutheran church. He was integral to the formation of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America (the North Church) and the United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church (United Church).

  11. Anthon H. Lund

    Anthon H. Lund


    Anthon Henrik Lund (15 May 1844 – 2 March 1921) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and a prominent Utah leader.

  12. Else Holmelund Minarik

    Else Holmelund Minarik


    Else Holmelund Minarik (September 13, 1920 – July 12, 2012) was the author of the Little Bear series of children's books, which sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and were adapted for television.

  13. Inge Prytz Johnson

    Inge Prytz Johnson


  14. John Pedersen

    John Pedersen


    John Douglas Pedersen (May 21, 1881 – May 23, 1951) was a prolific arms designer who worked for Remington Arms, and later for the United States Government. Famed gun designer John Moses Browning told Maj. Gen. Julian S. Hatcher of U.S. Army Ordnance that Pedersen "was the greatest gun designer in the world".

  15. Gottlieb Bender Christiansen

    Gottlieb Bender Christiansen


    Gottlieb Bender Christiansen (October 27, 1851 - September 27, 1929) was an American Lutheran Minister who served as President at Trinity Seminary in Blair, Nebraska and was the first president of the United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church.

  16. Anton Marius Andersen

    Anton Marius Andersen


    Anton Marius Andersen (March 8, 1847 - October 23, 1941) was an American Lutheran minister and the founding President of Trinity Seminary at Dana College.

  17. Hans Ditlev Bendixsen

    Hans Ditlev Bendixsen


  18. Erik Christian Haugaard

    Erik Christian Haugaard


    Erik Christian Haugaard (April 13, 1923 – 2009) was a Danish-born American writer, best known for children's books and for his translations of the works of Hans Christian Andersen.

  19. Peter Sekaer

    Peter Sekaer


    Peter Sekaer (born Peter Ingemann Sekjær 1901 - 1950) was a Danish-American photographer and artist.

  20. Harald T. Friis

    Harald T. Friis


    Harald Trap Friis (February 22, 1893 - June 15, 1976), who published as H. T. Friis, was a noted Danish-American radio engineer whose work at Bell Laboratories included pioneering contributions to radio propagation, radio astronomy, and radar. His two Friis formulas remain widely used.

  21. Charles E. Sorensen

    Charles E. Sorensen


    Charles Emil Sorensen (7 September 1881 – 11 August 1968) was a Danish-American principal of the Ford Motor Company during its first four decades. Like most other managers at Ford during those decades, he did not have an official job title, but he served functionally as a patternmaker, foundry engineer, mechanical engineer, industrial engineer, production manager, and executive in charge of all production. By the end of his career, he had become an officer of the company, being a vice president and a director. Speaking figuratively, he saw himself during most of his career as "a viceroy ruling the production province of the Ford empire", and at the end as a "regent" who managed the company during the "interregnum" between the reigns of Henry Ford I and Henry Ford II.

  22. Max Henius

    Max Henius


    Max Henius (June 16, 1859 – November 15, 1935) was a Danish-American biochemist who specialized in the fermentation processes. Max Henius co-founded the American Academy of Brewing in Chicago.

  23. Emil Carlsen

    Emil Carlsen


    Soren Emil Carlsen (October 19, 1853 – January 2, 1932, New York City, U.S.) was an American Impressionist painter who emigrated to the United States from Denmark. He became known for his still lifes and while by some he has been described as "The American Chardin" he was in fact a far more sensitive aesthetically oriented artist. In an era when many artists succumbed to the pressure resulting from The Armory Show to follow modernistic "developments" Carlsen remained faithful to his inborn aesthetic sense continuing to create at an extremely high qualitative level. It is not a stretch to view him as one of the truly great American artists of the twentieth century. Later in his career Carlsen expanded his range of subjects and becoming known for landscapes and marines as well.

  24. Christian Hedemann

    Christian Hedemann


    Christian Jacob Hedemann (1852–1932) was a Danish mechanical engineer who settled in Hawaii in 1878, where he worked at the Hana Sugar Plantation and the Honolulu Iron Works. He is, however, remembered primarily as an avid amateur photographer who helped found the Hawaiian Camera Club (1889–1893). His photographs of native peoples, landscape, family, and industry offer a unique pictorial record of Hawaii at the end of the 19th century.

  25. August Paulsen

    August Paulsen


    August Paulsen (July 29, 1871 – March 11, 1927) was a Danish-American businessman noted for his philanthropy in the states of Washington and Idaho.

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