Swedes in America, 1638-1938

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Businessmen GUSTAF SUNDELIUS

Mr. Sundelius was born in Sweden, where he attended Uppsala University. He came to the United States in 1900 and, after a business career in Boston, became, in 1920, executive secretary of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America. In 1926 he was appointed Editor of Nordstjernan, Swedish-language weekly in New York, and for the past six years he has been attached to the Swedish Vice Consulate in Boston. His wife is Marie Sundelius (see the chapter on "Opera Singers"). For some of the material in this chapter the writer wishes to give credit to The Swedish Element in America, Chicago, 1931.

AS a rule, businessmen of any nationality are not self-recording, for, unlike members of the professions or practitioners of the arts, they do most of their work either anonymously or in comparative seclusion. It is, therefore, diffcult to arrive at an estimate of their contributions to the growth of civilization in any country. The businessmen of Swedish birth or ancestry in America are no exception. We do know, however, that like those of other racial strains, they have been useful in the distribution of either goods or services, without which modern life could not have been developed, and since the distribution of wealth, rather than the creation of it, seems destined to be the principal task for the future, their rôle is likely to grow in importance. Unfortunately, only a few who have reached more than local importance can be mentioned.

In the New Sweden colony on the Delaware, trade with the Indians and the other settlements was at first a monopoly of the sponsoring company, and the governors themselves were, therefore, the chief traders, as well as military commanders. In other words, the economy was planned and business an official matter. Under such circumstances there was, of necessity, little opportunity for individual enterprise in trade, and no names of outstanding businessmen have come down to us. This situation probably continued unchanged during the few years that New Sweden was under Dutch rule, but, after British dominion had

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Swedish American Tercentenary Association ix
  • Editors' Preface xi
  • Contents xiii
  • Illustrations xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Colonists 5
  • Colonial Landmarks 35
  • The Swedish Language in America 52
  • Bibliography 72
  • Farmers 75
  • Pioneers of the Northwest 92
  • Geographical Distribution 107
  • Swedish Place Names in America 123
  • Religion 126
  • Charities and Self-Help 140
  • Colleges 154
  • Bibliography 180
  • Newspapers 181
  • Writers in Swedish 191
  • Magazines 206
  • Authors 209
  • Journalists 219
  • Translations of Swedish LIterature 237
  • Four Representatives of the Intellect Arrhenius, Berzelius, LInné, and Swedenborg 253
  • The New Church 279
  • Professors 282
  • Public School Educators 300
  • Lawyers 315
  • Public Officials 321
  • Doctors 338
  • Gymnastics 357
  • Sports and Sportsmen 366
  • Inventors 382
  • Engineers 407
  • Architects and Builders 416
  • Composers 435
  • Opera Singers 453
  • The American Union of Swedish Singers 469
  • Moving Picture Actors 473
  • Stage and Radio Performers 482
  • Painters and Sculptors 488
  • Soldiers and Sailors 506
  • Aviation 532
  • Manufacturers 551
  • Businessmen Gustaf Sundelius 572
  • Imports and Importers VIctor O. Freeburg 584
  • Index 599
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