John Matteson

(1835-1896). Minister, editor. He was born in Langeland, Denmark, where he had the advantage of a good literary and musical education. In 1854 he emigrated with his parents and two sisters to the United States. At New Denmark, Brown County, Wisconsin, the family built a log cabin on a 20-acre (eight-hectare) timber lot. Converted in 1859, Matteson began at once to work with great success, as a layman, for the conversion of his neighbors, and the next year he entered a Baptist theological seminary in Chicago, and in 1862 was ordained and sent out to preach for the Baptists. In 1863 he learned of the Seventh-day Adventist faith from P. H. Cady, and accepted it. At the request of his former congregation he gave a six months’ series of lectures explaining his new belief, with the result that...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.