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Magnus Nilssen

Magnus Nilssen (1921)

Magnus Nilssen (18 July 1871 – 20 November 1947) was Norwegian politician for the Labour and Social Democratic Labour parties.

He was born in

Party political offices
Preceded by
Olav Kringen
Party secretary of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Martin Tranmæl
Preceded by
position created
Chairman of the Social Democratic Labour Party
Succeeded by
position abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Worm Hirsch Darre-Jenssen
Minister of Labour
January 1928–February 1928
Succeeded by
Ole Monsen Mjelde
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Nilssen died in November 1947 in Oslo.[1]

Nilssen was a member of the supervisory committee of the Oslo Hospital from 1933. He was a deputy board member of the Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture from 1938 to 1940, and a deputy member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1922 to 1940.[2]

He left as deputy leader in 1939, and left the central board in 1945. His last term in Parliament ended in 1945—de facto with a hiatus from 1940 to 1945, when Germany occupied Norway and suspended Parliament. Nilssen participated in the Riksråd negotiations in 1940 between Germans and those parliamentarians who had not fled the country, in which the Presidium infamously asked King Haakon VII to abdicate.[1] During the remainder of the occupation, Nilssen lost all his public positions.[2] After the occupation and war, he was dropped by the Labour Party as their member of the Presidium, and was not summoned to the relevant meetings and forums.[6] Fredrik Monsen was the party's new member of the Presidium.[7]

Nilssen was a member of Kristiania (Oslo) city council from 1902 to 1910, 1914 to 1919 and 1926 to 1928.[1] To the Parliament of Norway he was elected for the first time in the Norwegian parliamentary election, 1906. He represented his city. He was re-elected eight times, to serve a total of nine terms in Parliament. There was a hiatus between 1922 and 1927; he was never elected to Parliament for the Social Democratic Labour Party.[2] He served as President of the Lagting from 1919 to 1921 and Vice President of the Storting from 1935 to 1945. After the reunion of Labour and Social Democratic Labour in 1927, he rejoined the Labour Party central board, this time as deputy party leader.[1] The party had two deputy leaders—Nilssen and Edvard Bull, Sr.—to accommodate different wings within the party.[5] Nilssen also served as Minister of Labour in the two-week Hornsrud's Cabinet between January and February 1928.[1]

He joined the Norwegian Labour Party, and became a member of the central board in 1900. From 1901 to 1918 he was the party secretary. He lost out when "the new direction" became dominant in 1918.[1] "The new direction" had tried to replace him with Alfred Madsen at the national convention in 1915.[3] In 1921 he quit the central board to co-found a new party, the Social Democratic Labour Party of Norway. He chaired this party throughout its existence, from 1921 to 1927.[1] He took part at the founding congress of the Labour and Socialist International in 1923; the other Norwegian delegates were Arne Magnussen, Michael Puntervold and Olav Kringen.[4]


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