Lars-Levi Laestadius passed away on 21st Feb 1861 aged 60.
Lars-Levi Laestadius is a member of the following lists: Swedish Lutheran priests, Founders of new religious movements and People in Sami history.
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Lars Levi Laestadius (10 January 1800 – 21 February 1861) was a Swedish Sami pastor and administrator of the Swedish state Lutheran church in Lapland who founded the Laestadian pietist revival movement to help his largely Sami congregations, who were being ravaged by alcoholism. Laestadius was also a noted botanist and an author. Laestadius himself became a teetotaller (except for his ongoing use of wine in holy Communion) in the 1840s, when he began successfully awakening his Sami parishioners to the misery and destruction alcohol was causing them.
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