Johan Vilhelm SnellmanJohan Vilhelm Snellman (1806-1881) was a Finnish (Fennoman of Swedish origin) writer, philosopher and statesman. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, where his father Kristian Henrik Snellman, was a ship's captain. His mother Maria Magdalena died when he was only eight years old.
Snellman was a professor at the University of Helsinki, when he in 1863 was called to serve as a senator, a cabinet post in the Grand duchy of Finland. It was a role he served with distinction until resigning in 1868 and it had been thanks to him that, in 1865, the Markka was introduced as the currency in Finland.
See also: List of Finns