Jørgen Olsen Thon

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Jørgen Olsen Thon (8 March 1866 – 12 January 1937) was a Norwegian newspaper editor and politician for the Labour and Social Democratic Labour parties.

He started his career as a construction, mine and factory laborer, and was organized in 1903. He was hired as a journalist in Hønefos og Oplands Socialdemokrat in 1914, and was then its chief editor from 1915 to 1927. He then took over as head of the local office of Fremtiden.[1]

He chaired the Labour Party locally, and served in Hønefoss city council.[1] He was fielded as Labour's parliamentary candidate already in the 1906 election, in the single-member constituency Kongsberg, Hønefoss og Notodden, but ended last.[2] In the 1909 election he was fielded as the running mate of J. O. Jarnæs, but again without success.[3] He later joined the Social Democratic Labour Party, and was their sixth ballot candidate in the 1924 election.[4] In 1927 and 1930 he again stood for election for the Labour Party, and was elected as a deputy representative to the Parliament of Norway.[5][6]

He was the father of Knut Thon, born 1889, who was mayor of Hønefoss.[7]


  1. ^ a b Friis, Jakob; Hegna, Trond; Juel, Dagfin, eds. (1936). "Thon, Jørgen Olsen". Arbeidernes Leksikon (in Norwegian). 6. Oslo: Arbeidermagasinets Forlag. p. 761. 
  2. ^ "Norges Offisielle Statistikk. V. 49. Stortingsvalget 1906" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 
  3. ^ "Norges Offisielle Statistikk. V. 128. Stortingsvalget 1909" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 
  4. ^ "Norges Offisielle Statistikk. VII. 176. Stortingsvalget 1924" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 
  5. ^ "Norges Offisielle Statistikk. VIII. 69. Stortingsvalget 1927" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 
  6. ^ "Norges Offisielle Statistikk. VIII. 157. Stortingsvalget 1930" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 
  7. ^ Friis, Jakob; Hegna, Trond; Juel, Dagfin, eds. (1936). "Thon, Knut". Arbeidernes Leksikon (in Norwegian). 6. Oslo: Arbeidermagasinets Forlag. p. 761.