John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book of numismatic biographies for this week's installment of his series.
Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is Omaha collector and dealer Nelson Thorson. -Editor
Nelson Thore Thorson (1881-1951), was born on September 16, 1881, at Horby, Sweden, son of John Nels Thorson, a cook, and Hannah Thorson. He originally spelled his
middle name Thore, but later on dropped the "e" sometime in the 1920's. He was a stamp, coin, and paper money dealer who specialized in Scandinavian coins,
Confederate paper money, and medals. He was Life member No. 12 of the ANA, a member of the ANS, Chicago Coin Club, and the New York Numismatic Club. He also collected a wide
variety of curios including : Indian relics, firearms, autographs and jewelry.
In 1887, he came to America and became part of the Swedish immigration to Nebraska where Swedes began inhabiting post Civil War. That same year appear the first issue of Omaha
svenska tribun, one of the early Swedish-American newspapers in Nebraska.
In 1904, he joined in with 150 Swedes forming the Omaha Posten Publishing Company that issued Omaha Posten, a weekly newspaper for the Swedish-American Nebraskan.
In 1910, Thorson bought the Omaha Posten Publishing Company which he ran until October 1942 selling out to retire into coin dealing. The paper ran until 1954.
He joined the ANA in 1907 and is member no. 888. He collected Scandinavian coins, medals and paper money.
On August 5, 1923, he married Corrine Paulson (1881-1973), a pianist.
From 1926 to 1930, he served as the National Treasurer for the John Ericsson Republican League of America.
Thorson correspondence with Henry Chapman, Jr., postmarked June 26, 1926
In 1928, he served as a delegate in the Republican National Convention.
From 1929 - 1933, he served as Chairman of the Board, ANA.
From 1933-1935 he served as the 19th president of the ANA.
On Sunday May 6, 1934, he founded the Omaha Coin Club at his home inviting numismatic friends.
At the 1934 ANA Convention he distributed 200 store cards.
In October 1943, he became a full-time coin dealer.
He died on November 27, 1951.
To read the complete article, see:
THORSON, NELSON THORE
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