Omund Bjørnsen Birkeland

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Omund Bjørnsen Birkeland by P. Meidell. Owner: Eidsvoll 1814. From DigitaltMuseum

Omund Bjørnsen Birkeland (30 April 1786 – 14 April 1862) was a Norwegian farmer and soldier. He served as a representative at the Norwegian Constitutional Assembly at Eidsvoll in 1814. [1] [2]

Omund Bjørnsen Birkeland was born on the Birkeland farm in the parish of Undal near the village of Konsmo in Audnedal in Vest-Agder, Norway. He took over the farm from his father in 1808, at a time he was in military service. He served with the Vesterlenske Infantry Regiment (Vesterlenske infanteriregiment) which was a division in the Norwegian Army. The soldiers within the unit were recruited from Telemark, Aust-Agder and Rogaland as well as from Vest-Agder. He was married to Asbør Torgiusdotter and the couple had three children. [3] [4] [5]

He represented Vesterlenske infanteriregiment at the Norwegian Constituent Assembly in 1814, together with Major Just Henrik Ely. At the Assembly, he supported the position of the union party (Unionspartiet). [6] [7] [8]

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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