Martin Johansson (bishop)

Martin Johansson (9 September 1837 – 26 June 1908), was a Swedish prelate who was the Bishop of Härnösand between 1888 and 1908.

The Right Reverend

Martin Johansson
Bishop of Härnösand
Biskop Martin Johansson.gif
ChurchChurch of Sweden
In office1888-1908
PredecessorLars Landgren
SuccessorErnst Frithiof Lönegren
ConsecrationNovember 11, 1888
by Anton Niklas Sundberg
Personal details
Born(1837-09-09)September 9, 1837
Villstad, Jönköping County, Sweden
DiedJune 26, 1908(1908-06-26) (aged 70)
Härnösand, Västernorrland County, Sweden
BuriedUppsala old cemetery
ParentsAugust Johansson & Brita Månsdotter
SpouseVendela Magdalena Rappe

Early life and educationEdit

Johansson was born on 9 September 1837 in Villstad, Jönköping County, Sweden, the son of August Johansson, a school teacher and author, and Brita Månsdotter. He studied at Uppsala University and graduated in 1858. In 1863 he earned his PhD and in 1865 his Bachelor of Divinity, from the same university. He was ordained priest in 1865. The following year he was appointed Associate Professor of New Testament Exegesis at Uppsala University. Between 1866 and 1867 he studied abroad and later became an assistant professor in pastoral studies in 1870 . In 1877 he became professor of dogmatic and moral theology at the university. In 1877 Johansson also became a Doctor of Theology and in 1879 he was appointed member of the Bible Commission.[1]


In 1888 Johansson was appointed Bishop of Härnösand and was consecrated on November 11, 1888, by Archbishop Anton Niklas Sundberg. Johansson was considered more aligned to the Low church tradition. He was also in favor of dividing the Diocese of Härnösand into two dioceses, something which occurred in 1904 when the Diocese of Luleå was created from part of the Diocese of Härnösand. Johansson died in Härnösand on June 26, 1908, and is buried at Uppsala old cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ Ästrand, Göran (1999). Här vilar berömda svenskar, p.68. Ordalaget Bokförlag. ISBN 9189086023.
  2. ^ Hofberg, Herman "Johansson, Martin", Svenskt biografiskt handlexikon, 1906. Retrieved on 02 April 2019.