Ulrik Frederik Cappelen

Ulrik Frederik Cappelen (13 May 1797 – 24 November 1864) was a Norwegian jurist and politician.

Ulrik Frederik Cappelen
Governor of Finnmarkens amt
In office
Member of Parliament
In office
County Governor of Jarlsbergs og Laurvigs amt
In office
Member of Parliament
In office
Personal details
Born13 May 1797
Died24 November 1864
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Anne Helene Øwre Aagaard
RelationsNicolai Benjamin Aall (grandfather),
Ulrich Fredrich von Cappelen (father)
Nicolai Benjamin Cappelen (brother)
Jørgen Wright Cappelen (brother)
Jens Lauritz Arup (brother-in-law)
Niels Aall (uncle)
Jacob Aall (uncle)
Jørgen Aall (uncle)

Personal lifeEdit

Ulrik Frederik Cappelen was born in 1795 as the second child of ship-owner Ulrich Fredrich von Cappelen (1770–1820) and his wife Benedicte Henrikke, née Aall (1772–1812).[1] His maternal grandfather was Nicolai Benjamin Aall. As such his group of uncles included Constitutional founding fathers Niels, Jacob and Jørgen Aall.

His older brother Nicolai Benjamin too became a jurist and member of the national parliament. The younger brother, Wittus Juel, became a merchant in Drammen. The oldest sisters Didricha and Louise were married consecutively to bishop and politician Jens Lauritz Arup. The fourth sister Benedicte married their cousin Hans Blom Cappelen; from this marriage, Jørgen got a nephew Didrik who became a member of parliament, and a niece Marie who married Fritz Trampe Flood of the notable Flood ship-owner family. His third and youngest brother Jørgen Wright Cappelen became a book publisher.[1]

In 1831 Ulrik Frederik Cappelen married Anne Helene Øwre Aagaard. She was the daughter of a merchant in Hammerfest.[2]


Ulrik Frederik Cappelen was born in Skien, but the family moved to Porsgrund in 1805.[3] His father had been a ship-owner, but by 1820 the business was bankrupt.[4] Ulrik Frederik Cappelen instead started a career as a civil servant, like his older brother Nicolai Benjamin. He studied at the University of Copenhagen, and graduated as cand.jur. at the University of Christiania in 1817.

He then held various positions before becoming district stipendiary magistrate (sorenskriver) in Western Finnmark in 1825. In 1829 he was promoted to County Governor of Finnmark.[5] While stationed here he was elected to the Norwegian Parliament in 1833, representing the constituency of Finmarkens Amt.[6] However, in July the same year he was appointed County Governor in the more central county of Jarlsbergs og Laurvigs amt (today named Vestfold).[5] While being County Governor seated in the city Laurvik he was elected for a second time to the Norwegian Parliament, in 1845. He represented the constituency of Laurvik og Sandefjord.[6] He retired as County Governor in September 1864, and died later that year.


  1. ^ a b Frednesalléen 1, in Eidanger–Porsgrund, by Finn C. Knudsen (1932). Hosted by Porsgrunn public library.
  2. ^ Opptegnelser fra det gamle Porsgrunn, by Inga Friis. Hosted by Porsgrunn public library.
  3. ^ Litt om det kommunale selvstyres første år i Porsgrunn, in Porsgrunds Historielag 1938–1955, by Chr. Abrahamsen. Hosted by Porsgrunn public library.
  4. ^ Cappelensvei, by Harald Bache Bystrøm. Hosted by Porsgrunn public library.
  5. ^ a b Norwegian Counties — World Statesmen.org
  6. ^ a b Ulrik Frederik Cappelen born 1797[permanent dead link] — Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)
Government offices
Preceded by County Governor of Finnmarkens amt
Succeeded by
Preceded by County Governor of Jarlsbergs og Laurvigs amt
Succeeded by