Henrich Herman Foss

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Henrich Herman Foss
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Herman was a mayor of great interest in the Norwegian Defence Force
2nd Mayor of Oslo
Assumed office
Preceded by Andreas Tofte
Personal details
Born 17 September 1790
Died 21 September 1853(1853-09-21) (aged 63)

Henrich Herman Mejer Foss (17 September 1790 – 21 September 1853[1]) was a Norwegian officer and politician.

He was born in Bergen. He participated in the Gunboat War as artillery officer. He eventually rose to Lieutenant Colonel in the Norwegian Army, a rank he acquired in 1843.

As a politician Foss was elected to the Norwegian Parliament in 1827 from the constituency Bergen, in 1830 from Moss, and from Christiania in 1833, 1836, 1839, 1842 and 1845.[1] He was mayor of Christiania in 1838, 1840 and 1841.[2]

Foss authored several publications, including Bergens Beskrivelse in 1824 (with Lyder Sagen), publications on politics as well as songs. Some of the songs were intended to celebrate the Norwegian Constitution Day, of which Foss was a proponent.[3] He also proposed a Norwegian civil ensign during the personal union with Sweden.

Streets have been named after him in Bergen, Oslo and Kongsberg.


  1. ^ a b "Henrik Herman Foss" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD). Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Tvedt, Knut Are, ed. (2000). "Ordførere i Christiania/Kristiania/Oslo". Oslo byleksikon (4 ed.). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. p. 318. ISBN 82-573-0815-3. 
  3. ^ List of publications in BIBSYS
Political offices
Preceded by
Andreas Tofte
Mayor of Christania
Succeeded by
John Iverssøn Randklev