Reverend Ulrik Vilhelm (U. V.) Koren was born December 22, 1826 in Bergen, Norway. Rev. Koren was called to the United States to serve the Little Iowa Congregation, later named Washington Prairie, and became an influential figure in shaping the development of Norwegian American Lutheranism. He was the first Norwegian minister to settle west of the Mississippi and was extremely active in the Synod's establishment of a Norwegian American college and participated in the collection efforts of a "University Fund" to support the building and startup costs. In 1861, Rev. Koren procured an option on a 32-acre site in Decorah, that would become the future site of Luther College. He passed away on December 9, 1910, after recieving a doctorate of divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and made a Commander of the Order of St. Olaf by the King of Norway in 1903. This photo shows Rev. Koren at the pulpit of Washington Prairie Church.