Anders Andersen (Norway)

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Anders Andersen (October 22, 1846 – September 1, 1931) was a saw mill worker who participated in forming the Norwegian Labour Party. [1]

Anders Andersen was born just outside Hønefoss in Ringerike, Norway. Around 1868, he moved to Arendal in Aust-Agder and lived there for 20 years. He was member of a recently founded local labour group called Samhold when he somewhat coincidentally became the first party leader in 1887. The labour group Samhold soon after ceased to exist due to local circumstances and it was not represented at the next party congress.[2]

In 1889, Andersen moved from Arendal and settled at Røyken in Buskerud where he worked as a farm manager. He continued to be active in the labor movement, as a member of the municipal council and trade unionist. Not even among his colleagues in Røyken was it commonly known that he had been the first leader of the Labour Party. Anders Andersen died in 1931 near 85 years of age. After his death, the Labour Party paid for a headstone on his grave. The memorial has later been moved to Kistefos museum at Jevnaker in Oppland.[3] He is honored every May 1.[4]


  1. ^ Knut Dørum. "Anders Andersen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Gunnar Molden "Anders Andersen" Norsk Biografisk Leksikon, retrieved November 1, 2012
  3. ^ Hedret partiets første formann Ringerikes Blad, August 21, 2012
  4. ^ Andersen, Anders Archived June 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved November 1, 2012