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Memorable Manitobans: Jon Olafsson (1850-1916)

Editor, poet.

Born in Iceland in 1850, he gained a reputation early in life as one of Iceland's most colourful journalists, but being forced to emigrate to North America in 1872 to flee the Danish authorities. Briefly interested in settling Icelanders in Alaska, Olafsson eventually returned to Iceland, and then back to North America, becoming the editor of Lögberg and later Heimskringla in Winnipeg, in addition to pubishing a monthly cultural journal, Öldin. Eventually, Olafsson went back to Iceland and became a member of the Icelandic parliament.

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This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

The Icelandic Emigration, http://servefir.ruv.is/vesturfarar/e/personur.html

Page revised: 11 October 2008

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