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Albert Victor Olson

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Name  Albert Olson
Died  1963
Albert Victor Olson

Albert Victor Olson (1884-1963) was a Seventh-day Adventist minister and administrator. He was born May 26, 1884 in Kingston, Minnesota.


The Seventh-day Adventist teachings often found their way to new regions by means of printed material. About 1877, the Olson family became acquainted with Adventism by reading tracts that had been sent over to Sweden from Norway by J. G. Matteson. They were among the first Seventh-day Adventists in Sweden. Shortly after this, they moved to the United States and established a successful farm in western Minnesota. They were baptized in 1880 by Lewis Johnson. At the 1936 General Conference Session, Olson introduced Johnson to the gathering. Albert Olson and his five brothers and two sisters were raised in an Adventist home.

Early Ministry in Minnesota

He began his ministry as a colporteur in 1902, and later worked as an educator. He was ordained as a minister at age 22 and served in Minnesota from 1906 to 1912.

Canadian Years 1912-1920

Montreal, Canada (1912-1914). In 1913, tent efforts were conducted in Montreal. Olson ran the English campaign and J. Vuilleumier ran the French one.

In 1914 he was elected president of the Quebec Conference, and in 1916 president of the Ontario Conference. From 1917 to 1920 he was president of the Eastern Canadian Union;

The Latin Union 1920-1929

from 1920 to 1929 president of the Latin Union, with headquarters in Gland, Switzerland;

Southern European Division 1929-1946

From 1929 to 1946, he served as president of the newly organized Southern European Division.

General Conference 1946-1958

In 1946 he was elected a general vice-president of the General Conference and held that office until his retirement in 1958.

During the late 1940s, Church leaders asked Olson to do a thorough study of the question of divorce and remarriage. He investigated biblical and Ellen White references and recommended a slight liberalization of church policy. He concluded that sincerely repentant persons who had remarried contrary to biblical principles should not be permanently denied church fellowship. As a result, the 1950 General Conference modified the Church Manual to reflect his conclusion.

During his time at the General Conference, Olson wrote a series of articles for the Review and Herald on each of the Ten Commandments (1951-1952). He travelled to various places, attending camp meetings and writing reports for the world church through the Review and Herald.

The White Estate

From 1952 to 1963 he served as chair of the Ellen G. White Estate board of trustees.


His book Through crisis to victory, 1888-1901 was a history from the 1888 Minneapolis meeting to the reorganization of the General Conference and was published after his death in 1966.


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