Tuesday Trivia: Answered! Posted on August 14th, 2012 by

Carver Period Students. Wahlstrom is featured first row third from the right. From the 1912 Gustavus Adolphus College Annual.

Who was the first graduate of Gustavus to serve as college president?


E. Matthias Wahlstrom. The Rev. Wahlstrom completed his coursework at St. Ansgars in the late 1860s. The Rev. Dr. Peter Mattson was the first alum with an actual degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. He was a member of the class of 1892. The rest of the president’s listed are alums as well: Walter Lunden ’22, Edgar Carlson ’30, and James Peterson ’64.


This is a portrait of the Class of 1892. The Rev. Dr. Peter Mattson is in the first row, middle.



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