Johan Collett Falsen

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Not to be confused with Johan Collett or Johan Christian Collett.

Johan Collett Falsen (9 September 1817 – 2 September 1879) was a Norwegian jurist and politician.

He graduated as cand.jur. in 1841. He worked as an attorney (prokurator) in Nedenes from 1846, and then in Trondhjem. In 1849 he moved to Drammen to work as an attorney there. He became involved in politics, serving as mayor of Drammen from 1853 to 1959 and in 1861.[1] He was first elected to the Norwegian Parliament in 1859, representing the urban constituency of Drammen.[2]

In 1861 he was appointed County Governors of Nordre Bergenhus amt (now known as Sogn og Fjordane).[3] He first resided at Lærdalsøyri, but bought a farm in Leikanger in 1862. He thus became the first County Governor to live in Leikanger, where the county administration is located today.[1] While stationed here, he was elected to Parliament for two more terms; in 1865 and 1868.[2] He left the County Governor position in 1869[3] to pursue a career in national politics.[1]

In February 1870 Falsen was appointed Minister of Justice and the Police. His tenure ended on 29 June the same year; two days later he was appointed to the Council of State Division in Stockholm. On 1 August 1871 he was reassigned again, this time as Minister of the Navy and Postal Affairs. Only two months later, on 1 October, he was appointed Minister of Justice again.[2]

He held this post until 1 September 1872, when he was appointed Minister of the Interior. He held this position for exactly one year; then he returned to the Council of State Division in Stockholm. Exactly one year after that, he was appointed to his third period as Minister of Justice. He held this post until his death in September 1879, except for a period between 1 August 1877 and 1 August 1878, when he was assigned to the Council of State Division in Stockholm.[2]

Falsen was appointed a Commander of the Order of St. Olav, a Grand Cross of the Swedish Order of the Polar Star and a Grand Cross of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Johan Collett Falsen at the Sogn og Fjordane County Encyclopedia (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) (Norwegian)
  2. ^ a b c d Johan Collett FalsenNorwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)
  3. ^ a b Norwegian Counties — World Statesmen.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Aubert
County Governor of Sogn og Fjordane
1861–1869
Succeeded by
Nicolai Ræder
Preceded by
Ole Jacob Broch
Norwegian Minister of the Navy and Postal Affairs
August 1871–October 1871
Succeeded by
August Christian Manthey
Preceded by
Niels Petersen Vogt
Norwegian Minister of the Interior
1872–1873
Succeeded by
Niels Petersen Vogt
Legal offices
Preceded by
August Christian Manthey
Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police
February 1870–June 1870
Succeeded by
Hans Meldahl
Preceded by
Hans Meldahl
Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police
October 1871–1872
Succeeded by
Hans Meldahl
Preceded by
Jens Holmboe
Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police
1874–1877
Succeeded by
Christian August Selmer
Preceded by
Christian August Selmer
Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police
1878–1879
Succeeded by
Niels Petersen Vogt