Sven Aarrestad

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Ingeborg Marie Time
(m. 1876;div. 1904)
Sven Aarrestad
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Minister of Agriculture
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6 November 1906 19 March 1908

Sven Eivindsen Aarrestad (8 October 1850 19 January 1942) was a writer, politician, and leader in the Norwegian temperance movement during the 19th century.



Sven Aarrestad was born at Varhaug in Rogaland county, Norway. He was the eldest of six siblings born to his parents, farmer Eivind Torkelsen Aarrestad (1820–1902) and Inger Svensdatter Skretting (1829–1922). When he was four years old, his family moved to Årrestad in the community of Time, where he attended private school. From 1868 to 1869, he attended the teachers' college in Egersund. He was a teacher from 1869 to 1873 in Høyland. From 1873 to 1875, he went to the seminary in Stord. From 1875 to 1876, he was a teacher in Brevik, from 1876 to 1878 in Tønsberg, and from 1878 to 1891, managed a high school at Sande in Vestfold. He was a farmer in Sande from 1891 to 1906 and the mayor of Sande from 1899 to 1906. [1]

The work of Asbjørn Kloster had aroused Aarrestad's interest in the temperance movement. In 1877 he published his first book on this topic Kom og hjælp os!. From 1883 to 1905 and 1922 to 1927, he was editor of Menneskevennen, which was published by the Norwegian temperance movement (Norwegian : Det norske Totalafholdsselskab). He was chairman of the Norwegian temperance movement from 1887 to 1927. He published more than 100 books and pamphlets, most regarding the use of alcohol. From 1892 to 1894, he represented Jarlsberg and Larvik in the Norwegian Parliament. From 1900 to 1909, he was a member of the executive committee of the Norwegian Liberal Party. [1] From 1906 to 1908, he was Minister of Agriculture in Michelsen's Cabinet and Jørgen Løvland administration. [2] [3] In 1908, he was appointed County Governor of Nedenes amt. [1]

In 1901, Sven Aarrestad was decorated Knight, First class, and in 1908 Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. Aarrestad was also the holder of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog. His last years were spent on his property Soltuft in Arendal, where he died 1942. [1]

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