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Northwest District (LCMS) Carl H. Bensene Correspondence

Identifier: NWD.39
The bulk of the records is his correspondence as District President. The correspondence provides insight into the issues current at the time of his presidency. But included also are several items related to his biography and an undated essay he delivered to the First Missionary Conference.


  • 1947 - 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1947 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use Note

The Northwest District Archives is the owner of the materials in the Carl H. Bensene Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Northwest District Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.


0.08 Linear Feet (in 3 folders)


The correspondence of The Rev. Dr. Carl H. Bensene as President of the Northwest District from 1948-1970, along with biographical information.

Historical note

The Rev. Dr. Carl H. Bensene served as President of the Northwest District, The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, from 1948 to 1970.

He was born 1902 April 2 in Tess Corners, Wisconsin. After graduating Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1936, he was ordained at Layton Park English Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 25. He served as Pastor to Zion Lutheran Church, Stillwater, Oklahoma (1926-1931); First Lutheran Church, Ponca City, Oklahoma (1931-1940); and Zion Lutheran Church, Seattle, Washington (1940-1963). In 1931 he earned a B.A. in the field of language and English literature from Oklahoma State University. He was elected Vice President of the Northwest District in 1945 and President in 1948 in which office he served part-time until 1963 and full-time until his retirement in 1970.

He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1964, and the Christi Crux Award for meritorious service from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, in 1975.

He married Leonora Krause in 1926. He died in Portland, Oregon, 1989 October 21.


The correspondence is arranged by year.
Guide to the Northwest District (LCMS) Carl H. Bensene Correspondence An Inventory at the Northwest District Archives
Nolan R. Bremer
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Repository Details

Part of the Northwest District (Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod) Archives Repository

Northwest District Archives
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman St.
Portland Oregon 97211-6099 USA