Mogens Abraham Sommer 1829 – 1901

copenhagenMogens Abraham Sommer (Schomer) 1829 – 1901 was a Danish teacher who converted to homeopathy and christianity and became a religious radical.

In the mid 1850s, Mogens travelled to Copenhagen to meet Soren Kierkegaard, and shortly thereafter, Mogens resigned his position as a teacher and began to preach. In 1858, Mogens was ordained, and in 1860, Mogens travelled to Sweden, Germany and America before returning to Denmark to become an emigration agent and an independant revivalist.

By this time, Mogens had become a lay homeopath and evangelist, journeying again to America, he severed his connection with the Danish Mission Convent he had founded. Mogens travelled around Nebraska and Illinois, practicing homeopathy and visiting Danish settlements and preaching. Mogens had been a harsh critic of the Danish government, founded an emigration agency in Copenhagen in the 1860s. He personally led many groups to settle in America. Continue reading Mogens Abraham Sommer 1829 – 1901

Hans Christian Andersen 1805 – 1875

Hans Christian Andersen 1805 – 1875 was a Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales.

Hans Christian Anderson was a friend of Bettina von Arnim, the Countess of Blessington, Catharine Crowe, Charles Dickens, and Jenny Lind (three of his fairy tales were inspired by Jenny Lind: The Ugly Duckling, The Angel, and The Nightingale, the latter making her known as ‘The Swedish Nightingale’).

Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, on Tuesday, April 2, 1805. Most English (as well as German and French) sources use the name “Hans Christian Andersen”, but in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia he is usually referred to as merely “H. C. Andersen”.