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Clergyman , educator

Martin Hegland, American clergyman, educator. Member Council of Defense, World War.; Member Lutheran Brotherhood of America, Norwegian-American History Association Phi Beta Kappa.


Hegland, Martin was born on January 20, 1880 in Merton Township, Steele County, Minnesota, United States. Son of Tellef A. and Anne Kirstine (Tyvand) Hegland.


Bachelor of Arts, St. Olaf College, 1904. Master of Arts, University of Minnesota, 1908. Graduate Theological Seminary United Norwegian Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1910.

Doctor of Philosophy., Columbia, 1915.


1 daughter, Anna Tonette (Mistress Josef M. Jauch). Superintendent schools, Fertile, Minnesota, 1904-1907. Holder of St. Olaf College alumni scholarship, 1910-1911.

Graduate scholarship, Columbia, 1911-1912. Foreign research scholarship, Columbia, 1912, studying educational systems in Scandinavian countries. Ordained Norwegian Lutheran ministry, 1913.

Pastor Zion Church, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1913-1914. President Waldorf Lutheran College. Forest City, Iowa, 1915-1919, also pastor Forest City, 1915-1918.

Professor of religion, St. Olaf College since 1919, head of department, 1919-1941, also college pastor, 1925-1941. Director Radio Station WCAL from 1928. President Young People’s Luther League of Norwegian Lutheran Church of America, 1922-1923.

President Ednl. Association same church, 1921-1922.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Danish People’s High School (including general account of educational system in Denmark), 1915. The Secret of a Happy Life, 1926. Eyes That See, 1928

    • Walking with God, 1930.Problems of Young Christians, 1932. Aspirations, 1934

    • Getting Acquainted with the Bible, 1936. Joint Author: (with Georgina Hegland) In the Holy Land, 1938.For His Name’s Sake, 1947.


Member Council of Defense, World War. Member Lutheran Brotherhood of America, Norwegian-American History Association Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Georgina E. Dieson, September 7, 1911.

Tellef A. Hegland

Anne Kirstine (Tyvand) Hegland

Georgina E. Dieson