Wollert Konow (Prime Minister of Norway)

Last updated
Fredrikke Wilhelmine Kooter
(m. 1875)
Wollert Konow
Wollert Konow (SB), Stortinget.jpg
Wollert Konow, circa 1910
12th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
2 February 1910 20 February 1912
Stend Manor Stend Hordaland.jpg
Stend Manor
Bust by Ambrosia Tonnesen placed at former Fana Council Hall Wollert Konow (SB) 01.jpg
Bust by Ambrosia Tønnesen placed at former Fana Council Hall

Wollert Konow (16 August 1845 – 15 March 1924) was the 12th prime minister of Norway from 1910 to 1912. He was the leader of a coalition cabinet. Konow's time as Prime Minister saw the extension of accident insurance to seamen in 1911. [1] [2] [3]



Konow was born in the borough of Fana in the city of Bergen, Norway. He was the son of Wollert Konow (1809–1881) and Marie Louise Oehlenschläger (1818–1910). His father was a writer and elected official. In 1842 his parents had purchased the historic Stend Manor in Fana where Wollert Konow was born. Wollert Konow was a grandson of the noted Danish poet and playwright Adam Oehlenschlager (1779–1850). [4]

He was a student at Bergen Cathedral School. After graduating in 1864, Konow went to the Royal Frederick University in Christiania. He began to study law which he never completed. In 1868, he started a school at Halsnøy in Sunnhordland where he was both teacher and head manager until 1872. In 1873 Konow took over operation of the mill at Stend and expanded the estate by acquiring neighboring properties. [5] [6]


Wollert Konow was mayor of Fana most of the time between 1880 and 1901, and was in 1877–1879 Deputy to the Parliament for Søndre Bergenhus amt (now Hordaland). He served as Minister of Agriculture in 1910 and Minister of Auditing 1910-1912. He was Odelsting president 1884–1887 and President of the Storting in 1888 and again from 1897 to 1899. He was a central board member of the Liberal Left Party from 1909 to 1912. Wollert Konow served as Prime Minister over a two-year period as leader of a coalition which combined elements of two competing parties; Høgre and Frisindede Venstre. Konow's coalition government came to an end in 1912 after he declared his sympathies for the rural language form Landsmål during the height of the Norwegian language conflict causing conflict with Riksmål supporters. After loss in the election in 1912, Konow was out of politics for good, and he spent the remainder of his life at Stend. [7]

He was commonly referred to as Wollert Konow (SB) to differentiate him from Wollert Konow (H) who was his cousin and contemporary politician from Hedemark. The initials "SB" stood for "Søndre Bergenhus," the now-defunct constituency Konow represented in national politics. [8]

Personal life

In 1875, he married Fredrikke Wilhelmine Kooter (1854-1935), who was the daughter of Jacob Blaauw Kooter (1818-1887) and Marie Frederikke Balchen (1817-1883). Konow was alternate member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, 1913 to 1922 and Member of the Committee from 1922 until he died at Stend in Fana during 1924. [9]

Stend Manor

Stend Manor (Stend hovedgård) was a historic estate which had belonged to Nonneseter Abbey of Bergen during the Middle Ages. Around 1682, the main building was built in timber as a single-story with three wings. In 1842, Dr. Wollert Konow acquired Stend. In 1861, Stend was bought by Søndre Bergenhus (now Hordaland) county. Since then, it has housed an agricultural school. Under the direction of architect Erlend Tryti (1885-1962) extensive renovation and restoration work was carried out in the years 1921-1922. The main building were restored in the late 1980s and early 1990s. [10] [11]

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hordaland</span> Former county (fylke) of Norway

Hordaland was a county in Norway, bordering Sogn og Fjordane, Buskerud, Telemark, and Rogaland counties. Hordaland was the third largest county, after Akershus and Oslo, by population. The county government was the Hordaland County Municipality, which is located in Bergen. Before 1972, the city of Bergen was its own separate county, apart from Hordaland. On 1 January 2020, the county was merged with neighbouring Sogn og Fjordane county, to form the new Vestland county.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Counties of Norway</span> First-level administrative divisions of Norway

Norway is divided into 15 administrative regions, called counties which until 1918 were known as amter. The counties form the first-level administrative divisions of Norway and are further subdivided into 356 municipalities. The island territories of Svalbard and Jan Mayen are outside the county division and ruled directly at the national level. The capital Oslo is both a county and a municipality.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bergen Cathedral School</span> Upper secondary school in Norway

Bergen Cathedral School is an upper secondary school in Bergen, Norway. Located in the city centre, next to Bergen Cathedral, the school has about 850 students, 95 full-time teachers, and 5 administration personnel, including the headmaster, Karen Kristine Rasmussen.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bernhard Brænne</span> Norwegian politician (1854–1927)

Bernhard Cornelius Brænne was a Norwegian factory owner and member of the Norwegian Parliament with the Conservative Party.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hans Jørgen Darre-Jenssen</span> Norwegian politician and engineer

Hans Jørgen Darre-Jenssen was a Norwegian engineer and politician for the Free-minded Liberal Party. He was the Minister of Labour from 1910 to 1912, and thereafter served as director of the Norwegian State Railways.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Baard Madsen Haugland</span> Norwegian politician

Baard Madsen Haugland was a Norwegian merchant and politician with the Liberal Party.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bernt Holtsmark</span> Norwegian politician (1859–1941)

Bernt Holtsmark was a Norwegian farmer and politician for the Conservative Party and the Liberal Left Party. He was a four-term member of the Parliament of Norway, and served as Minister of Agriculture from 1910 to 1912. He was also known for establishing the agricultural college at Sem in his native Asker.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fredrik Ludvig Konow</span> Norwegian politician (1864–1953)

Fredrik Ludvig Konow was a Norwegian businessman and a politician for the Free-minded Liberal Party.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ivar Bergersen Sælen</span> Norwegian Minister of Education (March to November 1923)

Ivar Bergersen Sælen was a Norwegian politician from the Conservative Party who served as Minister of Education and Church Affairs from March 1923 until his death in November the same year.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nesttun–Os Line</span> Railway line in Norway

The Nesttun–Os Line was a narrow gauge railway between Nesttun, now part of Bergen, and the community of Osøyro in Os municipality, Norway. As the first private railway in Norway, it opened 1 June 1894, designed to connect Os to the Voss Line, allowing for passenger and freight transport to Bergen and Voss. Despite a boom caused by World War I, the railway was eventually driven out of business by competition from road transport, which provided faster service. On 2 September 1935, it became the first Norwegian railway to close, and most of the railway was dismantled the following year.

The Free-minded Liberal Party was a political party in Norway founded in 1909 by the conservative-liberal faction of the Liberal Party. The party cooperated closely with the Conservative Party and participated in several short-lived governments, including two headed by Free-minded Prime Ministers. In the 1930s the party changed its name to the Free-minded People's Party and initiated cooperation with nationalist groups. The party contested its last election in 1936, and was not reorganised in 1945.

Bergenhus len was an administrative division of the Kingdom of Norway that existed from 1503 to 1662, with the Bergenhus Fortress in Bergen as its administrative center Norwegian administrative division. The len was changed to an amt (district) in 1662 but it kept its original name and capital until 1919.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fana (municipality)</span> Former municipality in Hordaland, Norway

Fana is a former municipality in the old Hordaland county in Norway. The municipality was located in the central part of the Bergen Peninsula, south of the city of Bergen. The administrative centre of the municipality was the village of Nesttun. The roughly 200-square-kilometre (77 sq mi) municipality existed from 1838 until 1972 when it had 44,402 residents, making it one of the most populous municipalities in the nation. The area of the former municipality encompassed the southern half of the present-day Bergen Municipality in Vestland county, it specifically included the present-day boroughs of Fyllingsdalen, Ytrebygda, and Fana, as well as the southern part of the borough of Årstad.

Hans Larsen Saakvitne was a Norwegian farmer, bailiff and politician for the Liberal Party. He was mayor for several years, and served four terms as a regular representative in the Norwegian Parliament.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Laksevåg (municipality)</span> Former municipality in Hordaland, Norway

Laksevåg is a former municipality in the old Hordaland county in Norway. The 32-square-kilometre (12 sq mi) municipality was located on the western part of the Bergen Peninsula. The administrative centre of the municipality was the village of Loddefjord. The municipality, which existed from 1918 until 1972, was a located a short distance west of the city of Bergen, and today it makes up the borough of Laksevåg which is part of the city of Bergen in Bergen Municipality which is now in Vestland county. The municipality was located along the Byfjorden, north of the Grimstadfjorden, and west of the Fyllingsdalen valley.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Åsane (municipality)</span> Former municipality in Hordaland, Norway

Åsane is a former municipality in the old Hordaland county in Norway. The municipality existed from 1904 until 1972. The 71-square-kilometre (27 sq mi) municipality encompassed the northern part of the Bergen Peninsula, roughly corresponding to the present-day borough of Åsane in the city-municipality of Bergen. The administrative centre of the municipality was the village of Eidsvåg. The main church for the municipality was Åsane Church. Historically, the area was called Aasene, but with spelling reforms in the Norwegian language, the modern spelling has been Åsane since about 1920.

Claus Nils Holtzrod Daae was a Norwegian priest, educator and politician.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nils Nilsson Skaar</span> Norwegian politician

Nils Nilsson Skaar was a Norwegian teacher, farmer, editor, and parliamentary representative from the Fykse Sound in the municipality of Kvam in Hordaland county.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ambrosia Tønnesen</span> Norwegian sculptor (1859–1948)

Ambrosia Tønnesen was a Norwegian sculptor. She is regarded as the first professional female sculptor in Norway, and is best known for her many portraits, including statues, busts, and reliefs.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wollert Konow (Hedemarken politician)</span>

Wollert Konow was a Norwegian politician and farmer.


  1. Wollert Konow, Statsminister 1910–1912
  2. Biografier – Samfunnsveven
  3. Foundations of the Welfare State, 2nd Edition by Pat Thane, published 1996
  4. Leiv Mjeldheim. "Wollert Konow". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. Stend(Hordaland Fylkeskommune) Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Adam Oehlenschläger". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  7. Carstens, Svein (1987). Det Frisinnede Venstre 1909–1927 (in Norwegian). Trondheim: University of Trondheim.
  8. Wollert Konow (Norsk samfunnsvitenskapelig datatjeneste AS)
  9. Knut Dørum. "Wollert Konow – 1845-1924". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  10. "Stend hovedgård". Kunsthistorie. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  11. Åse Moe Torvanger. "Erlend Tryti". Norsk kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.

Other sources

Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by