Lauritz Weidemann

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Lauritz Weidemann

Lauritz Weidemann (27 November 1775 – 1 August 1856) was a Norwegian judge, civil servant and politician. He served as county governor for almost 35 years,[1] participated at the Norwegian Constituent Assembly in 1814, and was a member of the Parliament of Norway for several periods.

Personal life

Weidemann was born in Sukkestad, Østre Toten as the son of bailiff Lars Weidemann (1742–1826) and Maria Sommerfeldt (1754–1823). He was married to Ditlevine Marie Quist from 1797. Among his uncles were Christian Sommerfeldt and Ole Hannibal Sommerfeldt, both topographers and county governors. He was himself an uncle of ship constructor Hakon Adelsteen Sommerfeldt and psychiatrist Herman Wedel Major, first cousin of priest and botanist Søren Christian Sommerfeldt and grandfather of industrialist Sophus Weidemann. He died in Toten in 1856.[1]


Weidemann enrolled as a student at the University of Copenhagen in 1790,[1] and graduated as cand.jur. in 1793.[2] He was appointed stipendiary magistrate of the district of Søndre Sunnmøre in 1798, and stipendiary magistrate of the district of Toten from 1802. He represented Kristians amt at the Norwegian Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll in 1814. In 1815 he published three small political proposals, one regarding the Supreme Court, one on surveying of farm land, and one on finance. He served as County Governor of Hedmark from 1817 to 1821, and as County Governor of Kristians amt from 1821 to 1851.[1]

He was elected to the Parliament of Norway in 1814. From 1815 to 1816 he served as President of the Odelsting. He was elected to the Parliament in 1827, when he was President of the Storting, in 1828, 1836 (President of the Lagting) and in 1839.[1]

He was decorated Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1851, Commander of the Order of Vasa, and Knight of the Order of the Polar Star.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Sætra, Gustav. "Lauritz Weidemann". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  2. ^ Mardal, Magnus A. "Lauritz Weidemann". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Claus Bendeke
County Governor of Hedmark
Succeeded by
Frederik Heidmann
Preceded by
Ole Hannibal Sommerfeldt
County Governor of Oppland
Succeeded by
Hans Tostrup
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