John Aae

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John Aae, c. 1940

John Amandus Aae (26 October 1890 – 12 January 1968) was a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.

He was born in Jämtland, but grew up in Snillfjord. He became manager of the newspaper Ny Tid in 1919. In the 1923 party split which saw the Communist Party break away from the Labour Party, Aae sided with the Labour Party. As Ny Tid now sided with the Communist Party, Aae and others established a Labour newspaper Arbeider-Avisen. Aae worked as manager from 1924.

Having served as a member of Strinda municipal council from 1917 to 1923, Aae was elected to Trondheim city council in 1928. He became deputy mayor in 1935. The German occupation of Norway hampered his career. Arbeider-Avisen was shut down by the authorities in 1941. Aae had to flee to Sweden in 1942, and worked as the camp director at Kjesäter from 1943 to 1945. After the war he returned as deputy mayor, advancing to the position of mayor in 1948. He stepped down in 1957. In 1958 he also stepped down as Arbeider-Avisen manager.


Political offices
Preceded by
Ivar Skjånes
Mayor of Trondheim
Succeeded by
Olav Gjærevoll