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Juhani Aho (1861–1921) was a Finnish author and journalist. He moved to Kuopio to study in senior high school. Also there, 10 years after graduating, he fell in love with #Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, whom he married in less than a year. Aho was one of the founders of Päivälehti, the predecessor of the biggest newspaper in Finland today, Helsingin Sanomat.
Wilhelm von Wright (1810–1887) was a Finnish painter. He was born into a wealthy family (owners of #Haminalahti manor) in Kuopio. Wilhelm traveled to Sweden to assist his brother Magnus to complete a book on Swedish birds – Svenska foglar. Soon he was appointed as a drawer to Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. Wilhelm's technical skills in drawing and painting were considered the best among von Wright brothers. Wilhelm von Wright is famous for his work on nature, especially birds like his brothers.
Johan Vilhelm #Snellman (1806–1881) was an influential philosopher and Finnish statesman ("Father of the Finnish state"). In his 30s he was barred from university employment due to Russian control over new and oppositional thoughts (Finnish movement). He took a position as headmaster for a school in distant Kuopio. There he published polemical periodicals which advocated for developing Finnish into a language of the academics and state. The papers were suppressed, but Snellman didn't relent.
Ferdinand von Wright (1822–1906) was a Finnish painter. He was born into a wealthy family (owners of #Haminalahti manor) in Kuopio. Ferdinand traveled to Sweden to assist his brother Wilhelm in his illustration work at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. He returned soon and lived a secluded but productive life. Ferdinand von Wright is famous for his work on nature, especially birds (like The Fighting #Capercaillies, 1886 – perhaps the most famous Finnish painting), like his older brothers.