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Christian Henrik Arendrup

Christian Henrik Arendrup (March 25, 1837 – 1913) was Governor-General of the Danish West Indies from 1881 to 1893.

His Excellency

Christian Henrik Arendrup

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Christian Henrik Arendrup (1837-1913)
Governor-General of The Danish West Indies
In office
15 April 1881 - 22 December 1893
Preceded byJanus August Garde
Succeeded byCarl Emil Hedemann
Personal details
Born(1837-03-25)March 25, 1837
Jutland, Denmark
DiedJuly 8, 1913(1913-07-08) (aged 76)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Spouse(s)Almira Kjellerup (m. 14 April 1863)
ChildrenAnders A. Kjellerup, former councilor in the Danish West Indies
MotherNanna Marie Henne (1811-1899)
FatherChristian Rasmus Arendrup (1803-1871)
  • Brothers:
  • Søren Adolph Arendrup, a Danish army officer
  • Albert Arendrup, a Danish army officer
  • Emil Peter Ussing Arendrup, medical doctor
  • Herluf Arendrup
  • Sorø Academy, boarding school (grad. 1856)
  • Royal Institute of Technology of the Royal Danish Military Academy (1857-1859)
OccupationPolitician, Military Officer
Civilian awardsHonorary Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Military service
Allegiance Denmark
Branch/service Royal Danish Army
Years of service1859-1881, 1893-1905
RankMajor General
Military awardsKnight of Dannebrog


Arendrup was born at Frederikshavn in Jutland, Denmark. He was the son of Christian Rasmus Arendrup, councilor of Fyens Stift, and Nanna Marie Henne, the daughter of a marine Commander.[1]


In 1856, Arendrup graduated from Sorø Academy (Sorø Akademi) on the island of Zealand and the following year, he started at the Royal Danish Military Academy (Hærens Officersskole) where he graduated as Engineering Second Lieutenant À la suite. He went to Fredericia in 1861 to join preparations for the impending war with the German Confederation.[1]

Second Schleswig WarEdit

Among his accomplishments in 1864 during the Second Schleswig War, were helping the defense during the battles at Dybbøl and the Als Island. Arendrup was named Knight of Dannebrog and promoted to premier lieutenant for his achievements.[1]

When sea mines started to be used abroad, Arendrup was installed as assistant to work on the Danish mine command under Major C. F. N. Schrøder .[2][3]

Governor of the Danish West IndiesEdit

On April 1, 1881, Colonel Arendrup was pronounced Governor of the Danish West Indies. He landed on St Thomas on 15 April 1881. By the Colonial Law of 27 November 1883 he was required to reside six months a year in St. Thomas and the other half a year in St. Croix.[4]

Later lifeEdit

In 1893 he left the governor's post. He was promoted to Major General in 1900 and re-entered as Chief Inspector and Head of the Engineering Corps. He was dismissed from the military service in 1905. He was appointed a Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order by King Edward VII on the occasion of the King's visit to Copenhagen.[5] He worked as the chairman of Danish Red Cross.[2]


Arendrup was married to Almira Kjellerup (1841-1924), the daughter of Anders A. Kjellerup, former councilor in the Danish West Indies.[2]


  • Waldemar Westergaard, The Danish West Indies under Company Rule (1671–1754) (MacMillan, New York, 1917)
  • C. F. Bricka (editor), Dansk biografisk Lexikon, first edition, 19 volumes, 1887–1905, Vol. I. Online edition available: (page 312. Numbered as 330 in the online edition).
Political offices
Preceded by
Janus August Garde
Governor of the Danish West Indies
1881 – 1893
Succeeded by
Carl Emil Hedemann


  1. ^ a b c d Bricka, Dansk Biografisk, 312
  2. ^ a b c Bricka, Dansk Biografisk, 313
  3. ^ "De slesvigske krige 1848-51 og 1864". Denmark Military History. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Taylor, Charles Edwin (1888). Leaflets from the Danish West Indies: descriptive of the social, political and commercial condition of these islands. OCLC 900223036.
  5. ^ "The London Gazette, issue 27669, p. 2581".