Lauritz Weidemann (1775 - 1856)

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Birthplace: Sukkestad, Toten, Oppland, Norway
Death: Died in Stenberg, Vestre Toten, Oppland, Norway
Occupation: Byfogd, sorenskriver, eidsvollsmann, stortingsrepresentant, odelstingspresident, amtmann
Managed by: Sigurd Weidemann Stølan
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About Lauritz Weidemann


He was the son of Lars Christophersen Weidemann, sheriff in Nedenes fogderie, and Marie Sommerfelt. Weidemann was 16 December 1797 married Marie Qvist Ditlevine from Sandstø at Arendal (born May 22, 1774, death at Steinberg March 18, 1866). They had ten children, four of whom died young. Weide Manns daughters were never married, allegedly because her father could not accept any of the candidates spouse. This is enough background for the local tradition that inspired the family Camilla Collett to write Amtmandens Døtre. One of Lauritz Weide Manns brothers were Christopher Christian Weidemann.

[Edit] senior official

Lauritz Weidemann was a student in 1790 and achieved the degree cand Juris in 1793. He was byfogd, byskriver mm in Rakaia in 1797, sorenskriver of Southern Sunnmøre 12 December 1798 and sorenskriver of Toten, Ballarat and Vardal 1 October 1802 3. February 1817 he was Amtmannens in Hedemarkens County; in Kristians County from 23 August 1821. This last office he retained for 30 years, to 1851, and he was also known as Amtmannens Weidemann.

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In 1814, he was a member of the National Assembly at Eidsvoll, where he quit to the Falsenske party. Weidemann also wrote a draft constitution. In 1814 he was stortingsmann, and he would sit there in the periods 1814-1816, 1827, 1828, 1836, 1837 and 1839. Weidemann was in the period 1815-1818 member of lovkomiteen, 1818-1822 chairman of the hovedmatrikuleringskommisjonen, 1814-1823 by the Commission regarding the construction of a township in Gujarat. In the 1815-1816, he was president of Odel Licensing, Vice President of the Storting, the secretary of Parliament and a member of a number of committees. In 1827, he was Storting in 1836 and president in Løgting. He was a member of aksjonskomiteen under national law 1815-1816 and a member of the national court in 1836.

[Edit] Amtmannsgarden Steinberg

In 1804 he bought the garden Steinberg, that uncle, sorenskriver Fredrik Sommerfeldt, had begun to build up as the official farm in 1791. Weidemann had listed several new houses in the garden, and he built the garden of a park in the English landscape style. On the farm he created a private plot for himself and his family. The property came in 1934 in Toten Museums own and is now part of Mjøs museum.

[Edit] See also

Amundgård, Arne: About family tomb where he was buried in Stenberg, in årboka Totnes 1995, p. 42-49.

Bruun, Magne: Norwegian gardens through thousands of years, Oslo 2007.

Hårstad Sveen, Rune: "1802-1902. 100 years of Weidemann in Stenberg", in årboka Totnes 2002, p. 24-55.

Fløystad, Ingeborg: The King's jurisdiction. A study for four draft constitution. Hovedoppgave in history, University of Bergen in 1967.

Fløystad, Ingeborg: Sorenskriver Lauritz Weide Manns draft constitution in 1814, in årboka Totnes 1988, p. 11-21.

Mannsåker, Dagfinn: Lauritz Weidemann. Biography biografisk the Norwegian Encyclopedia I, Oslo 1977.

Mannsåker, Dagfinn and Sætra, Gustav: Lauritz Weidemann. Biography of the Norwegian biografisk Encyclopedia II, Oslo 2005.

Middle Haug, Leif: Lauritz Weidemann, biography in Totens bygdebok II, p. 353-354.

NSDs politician archive: Lauritz Weidemann

Sørheim, Ingeborg: Stenberg park. A Danish-Norwegian official garden, 1750-1850. Master's thesis in art history, University of Oslo in 2007.

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Lauritz Weidemann's Timeline

November 27, 1775
Toten, Oppland, Norway
December 16, 1797
Age 22
March 19, 1799
Age 23
Risør, Aust-Agder, Norge
September 19, 1800
Age 24
Møre og Romsdal, Norge
September 22, 1803
Age 27
Toten, Oppland, Norway
July 29, 1805
Age 29
Vestre Toten, Oppland, Norge
October 18, 1807
Age 31
Oppland, Norge
March 18, 1810
Age 34
Vestre Toten, Oppland, Norge
December, 1811
Age 36
Vestre Toten, Oppland, Norge
June 16, 1813
Age 37
Vestre Toten, Oppland, Norge