Ferdinand Nicolai Roll

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Ferdinand Nicolai Roll (28 May 1831 – 28 February 1921) was a Norwegian jurist and politician for the Conservative Party.

He was born in Trondhjem as the son of judge and politician Jacob Roll and his third wife Nicoline Selmer.[1] He had three siblings.[2] Like his father, he took a law education, enrolling as a student in 1847 and graduating as cand.jur. in 1852.[1]

In 1870 he was appointed district stipendiary magistrate (sorenskriver) in Romsdalens Amt. He resided in Molde.[1] While stationed here, he was elected to the Norwegian Parliament in 1877, representing the constituency of Aalesund og Molde. He was re-elected in 1880 and 1883.[3]

When the first cabinet Stang assumed office in 1889, Roll was brought in as a part of the executive branch of government. He was appointed Minister of Justice and the Police on 13 July. He left on 30 June 1890 to become a member of the Council of State Division in Stockholm the next day, leaving that position on 5 March 1891.[3]

In 1892 he was elected for a final term in Parliament.[3] He was also appointed Supreme Court Assessor.[1][3]

He was the father of Nini Roll Anker, a feminist writer.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Personalhistorie for Trondhjems by og omegn i et tidsrum af circa 1 1/2 aarhundrede, by Chr. Thaulow. Hosted by Trondheim public library.
  2. ^ Genealogy
  3. ^ a b c d Ferdinand Nicolai Roll – Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)
  4. ^ Iversen, Irene. "Nini Roll Anker". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Scott Dahl
Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police
Succeeded by
Ulrik Frederik Christian Arneberg