Christophersen Peter

(28.05.1845 - 19.08.1930)

 

Argentine diplomat, landowner and businessman of Norwegian descent.

Born, raised and educated in Tønsberg, Norway.

In the years 1865-1871 lived in Cadiz, where he worked in the ship office, and in 1871 he moved to Argentina and was engaged in the leasing of ships.

In the province of Mendoza in the town of Karmens, Christophersen founded the Norwegian colony. Thanks to a successful marriage, he became part of the elite of Argentine society.

In the years 1891-1908. He headed the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and the Chamber of Commerce, participated in state customs and port commissions, and sponsored the construction of a railway.

A significant part of the activities of Christophersen was diplomatic work. Since 1871, he served as Vice-Consul, Consul and Consul General of Sweden in Argentina. In the years 1881-1902 represented the interests of Russia in Argentina (Consul General and Charge d'Affaires), in 1884-1902. was Consul General of Denmark in Argentina. Since 1906, after the dissolution of the Swedish-Norwegian union, Christophersen occupied the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Norway to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Christophersen received enormous popularity by sponsoring R. Amundsen's Antarctic Expedition. In 1927, he founded the city of Fram in Itapúa in Paraguay, named after the famous ship.

The merits of Christophersen are marked by many Norwegian and international awards. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of St.. Olaf, the Order of the Polar Star (Sweden), the Danish Order of Danebrog, the Russian Order of St. Stanislav of the 2nd degree and St. Anne of the 2nd degree. His awards are on display at the Oslo Fram Museum.

 

Cemetery of Recoleta

 

He died in Buenos Aires, buried in the cemetery of Recoleta.

Mount (Kristifensen) south of Maud Bay on Taimyr. Named in 1919 R. Amundsen.

 

 

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