Eric Norelius (26 October 1833 – 15 March 1916) was a Swedish-American Lutheran minister, church leader, and author.[3]

Eric Norelius was born on 26 October 1833 in Norrbäck, Hassela parish, in Nordanstig Municipality, Gävleborg CountySweden. He received his early education at Hudiksvall‘s general school. In 1850, at the age of 17, Norelius emigrated to the United States. In May 1851, he accompanied Lars Paul Esbjörn on a visit to William Morton Reynolds, president of the newly renamed Capital University at Columbus, Ohio, and stayed on to become a student there,[4] with assistance from Esbjörn. After four years of studying, Norelius was ordained in 1855. / Norelius moved to the newly formed congregations in Red Wing and Vasa, Minnesota in 1856. In 1858, he was called to serve the Swedish Lutheran congregation in Attica, Indiana. In 1863, he was called back to the Vasa and Red Wing congregations in Goodhue County.[5]

Norelius was one of the founders of the Augustana Synod, and he served as its president between 1870–1881 and 1901-1910. Norelius was also the founder and often president of the Lutheran Minnesota Conference of Augustana Synod, and he initiated Minnesota Elementar Skola, a predecessor of Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Early life of Eric Norelius, 1833-1862, a Lutheran Pioneer, trans. Emeroy Johnson (Rock Island, Illinois: Augustana Book Concern, 1934).

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