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Christian Magnus Falsen

Birthplace: Gamlebyen, Oslo, Norway
Death: Died in Oslo, Norway
Cause of death: Lunge-vatersott
Place of Burial: Gamlebyen gravlund, Oslo, Norway
Immediate Family:

Son of Enevold de Falsen and Anna Henrikke Petronelle Mathiesen
Husband of Anna Birgitte Munch and Elisabeth Severine Böckman
Father of Henriette Envolda de Falsen; Enevold Munch Falsen; Anne Birgitte Lange; Conrad Falsen; Henrik Anton Falsen and 4 others
Brother of Jørgen Conrad de Falsen; Carl Valentin de Falsen; Marthe Haagine de Falsen; Hagbarth de Falsen and Elise Henriette de Falsen

Managed by: Jan Erik Sundt
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About Christian Magnus Falsen

Christian Magnus Falsen (September 14, 1782 – January 13, 1830) was a Norwegian constitutional father, statesman, jurist, and historian. He was an important member of the constitutional assembly and was one of the writers of the constitutional laws.

Christian Magnus Falsen was born at Christiania. He was the son of Enevold de Falsen (1755–1808), a dramatist and author of a famous war song "Til vaaben". In 1808 he became circuit judge at Follo, and after Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden in 1814 he played an important part in politics. He upheld King Christian Frederick and, after the separation of Norway from Denmark, assisted in drafting a constitution for Norway, which was modeled upon that adopted by France in 1791 and which was approved on 17 May 1814 by the Eidsvold. He was also strongly inspired by Thomas Jefferson and the Constitution of the United States of America. He is often called The Father of the Norwegian Constitution - "Grunnlovens far". In 1822 he was appointed Attorney General of the Kingdom, a post which he held for three years. In 1825 he became bailiff for Bergen, and in 1827 president of the Supreme Court. In 1828 he suffered from a stroke and did not return to the office. Christian Magnus Falsen is buried at Gamlebyen Churchyard. Next to his gravestone is the gravestone of his second wife.

In 1804 he married Anna Birgitte Munch (1787-1810), with whom he had the son Enevold Munch Falsen (1810–80). In 1811, after her death, he married Elisabeth Severine Böckmann (1782-1848). She was the widow of Brede Stoltenberg, a brother of the tradesman Gregers Stoltenberg. With her he had the children Henrik Anton Falsen (1813–66) and Elisabeth Christine Falsen (1820–76).

His principal work is Norges Historie (1823–24), a history of Norway to 1319 AD.

From 1825 to 1827 he was County Governor of Hordaland.[1]


Daa, (Biography of C. M. Falsen) (Christiana, 1860)

Vullum, (Biography of C. M. Falsen) (Christiana, 1881)

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Christian Magnus Falsen's Timeline

September 14, 1782
Gamlebyen, Oslo, Norway
September 21, 1782
Oslo Hospital / Gamlebyen, Norway
January 30, 1804
Age 21
Oslo, Norway
July 1809
Age 26
October 6, 1810
Age 28
Vollebekk, Ås, Akershus, Norway
April 6, 1811
Age 28
Drøbak, Akershus, Norway

Kildeinformasjon: Akershus fylke, Ås, Ministerialbok nr. I 2 (1778-1813), Ekteviede 1811, side 604-605. # 13, høyre side.
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January 23, 1812
Age 29
Vollebekk, Ås, Akershus, Norway
February 28, 1813
Age 30
Vollebekk, Ås, Akershus, Norway
February 28, 1813
Age 30
Vollebekk, Ås, Akershus, Norway
May 18, 1814
Age 31
Vollebekk, Ås, Akershus, Norway