Henrik Carstensen

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Henrik Carstensen

Henrik Carstensen (30 October 1753 – 15 September 1835) was a Norwegian businessman, timber merchant and shipowner. He served as a representative. at the Norwegian Constituent Assembly in 1814.[1]

Henrik Carstensen was born on the island of Risøya near the town of Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder, Norway. Henrik Carstensen went to sea in his younger years and was a captain by 1775. From 1780, he was skipper on his own ship. In 1788, he started trading in Risor in Søndeled, where he ran both a lumber and shipping business. In 1799, he purchased Egeland Ironworks (no) (Egelands jernverk) at Gjerstad. Over time, he bought forested acreage estates, operated sawmills and a distillery. In 1833 he retired from the business, which he conferred upon his nephew, Carsten Henrik Carstensen (1796-1852) who he had adopted in 1821. [2] [3]

He represented Øster Risøer at the Norwegian Constituent Assembly in 1814 where he followed the union party (Unionspartiet), but later supported the independence party (Selvstendighetspartiet). [4] [5]


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  • Holme Jørn (2014) De kom fra alle kanter - Eidsvollsmennene og deres hus (Oslo: Cappelen Damm) ISBN 978-82-02-44564-5