Peder Christian Hersleb Kjerschow

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The Right Reverend
Peder Christian Hersleb Kjerschow
Bishop of Bjørgvin
Church Church of Norway
Diocese Tromsø stift (1830–1848)
Bjørgvin (1848–1857)
In office 1830–1857
Personal details
Born (1786-06-29)29 June 1786
Died 24 November 1866(1866-11-24) (aged 80)
Nationality Norwegian
Denomination Christian
Spouse Johanne Benedicte Collett
Children Christian Collett Kjerschow
Occupation Priest
Education Cand.theol.

Peder Christian Hersleb Kjerschow (29 June 1786 – 24 November 1866) was a Norwegian clergyman.

He was a bishop in the State Church of Norway for twenty-seven years; first in the Diocese of Tromsø from 1830 to 1848 and later in the Diocese of Bjørgvin from 1848 to 1857.[1] Before his appointment as bishop, he was vicar in Aker.[2] His father, who was a vicar in Brønnøy, had migrated to Norway from Jutland.[3]

Peder Kjerschow married Johanne Benedicte Collett (1802–1851),[4] daughter of mining director Christian Ancher Collett and cousin of Peter Jonas and Johan Christian Collett.[5] They had seven children of which two died young.[4] Their son Christian Collett Kjerschow became a County Governor, while their daughter married businessman Jacob Andreas Michelsen.[3] His grandson Peter Christian Hersleb Kjerschow Michelsen was named after him, but is better known as Christian Michelsen, statesman and Prime Minister.[6]


  1. ^ Bishops of the Church of Norway 1537-2008 - Church of Norway
  2. ^ "Prester i Sem", in Sem og Slagen - en bygdebok. Hosted by Tønsberg public library. (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ a b "Kjerschow". Aschehoug og Gyldendals Store norske leksikon. Kunnskapsforlaget. 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Collett family part 2
  5. ^ Collett family part 1
  6. ^ Ask, Øyvind. "«Nu gjælder det at holde kjæft»" (PDF). Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Mathias Bonsach Krogh
Bishop of Tromsø stift
Succeeded by
Daniel Bremer Juell
Preceded by
Jacob Neumann
Bishop of Bjørgvin
Succeeded by
Jens Mathias Pram Kaurin