Christian Magnus Falsen

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Christian Magnus Falsen

Christian Magnus Falsen (14 September 1782 – 13 January 1830) was a Norwegian constitutional father, statesman, jurist, and historian. He was an important member of the constitutional assembly and was one of the writers of the constitutional laws.

Christian Magnus Falsen was born at Christiania. He was the son of Enevold de Falsen (1755–1808), a dramatist and author of a famous war song "Til vaaben". In 1808 he became circuit judge at Follo, and after Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden in 1814 he played an important part in politics. He upheld King Christian Frederick and, after the separation of Norway from Denmark, assisted in drafting a constitution for Norway, which was modeled upon that adopted by France in 1791 and which was approved on 17 May 1814 by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll. He was also strongly inspired by Thomas Jefferson and the Constitution of the United States of America. He is often called The Father of the Norwegian Constitution — "Grunnlovens far".

In 1822 he was appointed Attorney General of the Kingdom, a post which he held for three years. In 1825 he became bailiff for Bergen, and in 1827 president of the Supreme Court. In 1828 he suffered from a stroke and did not return to the office. Christian Magnus Falsen is buried at Gamlebyen Churchyard. Next to his gravestone is the gravestone of his second wife.

In 1804 he married Anna Birgitte Munch (1787-1810), with whom he had the son Enevold Munch Falsen (1810–80). In 1811, after her death, he married Elisabeth Severine Böckmann (1782-1848). She was the widow of Brede Stoltenberg, a brother of the tradesman Gregers Stoltenberg. With her he had the children Henrik Anton Falsen (1813–66) and Elisabeth Christine Falsen (1820–76).

His principal work is Norges Historie (1823–24), a history of Norway to 1319 AD.

From 1825 to 1827 he was County Governor of Hordaland.[1]


  • Daa, (Biography of C. M. Falsen) (Christiana, 1860)
  • Vullum, (Biography of C. M. Falsen) (Christiana, 1881)


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. 

Legal offices
Preceded by
Johan Randulf Bull
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway
Succeeded by
Jørgen Mandix