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half-Dane, famous

No, not me. Half-Dane and irrationally proud of it, I make no claims to fame. Palle Lauring's History of Denmark gives a clear impression of a quiet, amiable, unobtrusive folk; encouraging to discover the occasional sport, though.

Leidesdorff, William A.

Half Danish, half West Indian, became the American vice consul while California belonged to Mexico and negotiated the territory's handover to Washington. Ended up as "the most valuable resident" in the town of Yuerba Buena, soon to be down-town San Francisco. He was also probably northern California's first public homosexual. He lived with a delicate Russian from Alaska.