Carl Berner (politician)

Carl Christian Berner (20 November 1841 – 25 May 1918) was a Norwegian politician for the Liberal Party. He was member of the Council of State Division in Stockholm 1891–92, and Norwegian Minister of Education and Church Affairs 1892–93.[1]

Carl Berner
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President of the Storting
In office
1 January 1898 – 31 December 1909
Serving with Viggo Ullmann, Johannes Steen, Edvard Liljedahl, Francis Hagerup, Johan Thorne and Gunnar Knudsen
MonarchOscar II
Haakon VII
Prime MinisterFrancis Hagerup
Johannes Steen
Otto Blehr
Christian Michelsen
Jørgen Løvland
Gunnar Knudsen
Preceded byViggo Ullmann
Johannes Steen
Sivert A. Nielsen
Succeeded byMagnus Halvorsen
Jens Bratlie
Wollert Konow
Leader of the Liberal Party
In office
Preceded byLars Holst
Succeeded byGunnar Knudsen
Minister of Education and Church Affairs
In office
15 July 1892 – 2 May 1893
Prime MinisterJohannes Steen
Preceded byVilhelm Wexelsen
Succeeded byAnton C. Bang
Member of the Council of State Division
In office
6 March 1891 – 15 July 1892
Serving with Jacob Otto Lange
Prime MinisterJohannes Steen
Preceded byFerdinand Roll
Johan Thorne
Succeeded byVilhelm Wexelsen
Thomas von Westen Engelhart
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 January 1904 – 31 December 1909
In office
1 January 1886 – 31 December 1903
Personal details
Carl Christian Berner

(1841-11-20)20 November 1841
Christiania, Sweden-Norway
Died25 May 1918(1918-05-25) (aged 76)
Christiania, Norway
Political partyLiberal
Olivia Mathilde Jacobine Berner
(m. 1868)
ChildrenJørgen Berner
Carl Berner


Berner was born in Oslo, Norway. He was the son of Oluf Steen Julius Berner (1809–55) and Marie Louise Falkenberg (1816–41). He studied science and mathematics before he started working as a teacher at several different schools in Oslo. Berner studied at the Royal Frederick University (now University of Oslo) where he earned his cand.philol. in 1861. In 1874 he was appointed director of the newly established polytechnical school of Bergen; a position he held until 1891. [2]

Political careerEdit

In Bergen he started his political career and in 1883 he was elected to the county council. In 1885 he was elected as a member of the Norwegian Parliament. He had a brilliant career in the Parliament, and in his second period he was appointed President of the lower house (Odelsting). As the President of the Odelsting, he was central in the conflict leading to Prime Minister Emil Stangs stepping down from office. In 1891 he stepped up as Minister of Education and Church Affairs under the government of Johannes Steen. Between 1895–03, Berner represented Bergen as a member of Parliament, and between 1903-1909 he represented Sarpsborg. He was appointed President of the Norwegian parliament in 1898—a position he held until 1908. He played an important role in the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905. In 1909, Berner did not get elected to Parliament from the district of Nedre Romerike. He gradually stepped down from his political offices, though he did hold several administrative and representative offices.[3] In 1884 he was a co-founder of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

He was married in 1868 to Olivia Mathilde Jacobine Berner (1841-1919). They were the parents of the architects Jørgen Haslef Berner (1873-1955) and Carl Berner (1877-1943).[5][6]


  1. ^ "Carl Christian Berner". University of Bergen. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Leiv Mjeldheim. "Carl Berner - 1". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Carl Christian Berner". Norsk samfunnsvitenskapelig datatjeneste AS. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Indbydelse til at indtræde i Norsk Kvindesags-Forening stiftet den 28de Juni 1884," Bergens Tidende, 18 November 1884
  5. ^ Trond Indahl. "Carl Berner – 2, Arkitekt". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Trond Indahl. "Jørgen Berner, Arkitekt". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Archived from the original on 2016-08-16. Retrieved July 5, 2016.