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Hans Peter L'orange (8 September 1835 – 1907) was a Norwegian military officer. He was the Commanding General in Norway from 1897 to 1903.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

He was born in Herøy as a son of Peter Vilhelm L'orange (1806–1871) and Ingeborg Bue. He was a first cousin of Georg Fredrik Lorange[1] and a second cousin of Anders Lorange.[2] In November 1863 in Bergen he married Alvilde R. C. Koren (1841–1929), a daughter of Johan Koren (1809–1885).[1] He was the father of Major General Hans Wilhelm L'orange (1868–1950) and Colonel Johan Ingolf Koren L'orange (1873–1949), and through the former a grandfather of archaeologist and art historian Hans Peter L'Orange.[2]

Career[edit | edit source]

He attended the Norwegian Military Academy until 1856 and from April to September 1857. He had reached the rank of Premier Lieutenant in 1857, and attended the Norwegian Military College before he was a brigade aide-de-camp in Bergen and from 1864 an apprentice in the General Staff. He was the leader of the Norwegian Military Academy from 1872 to 1885, and also lectured in topography and wrote the textbook Veiledning i Terrænget. He served in different places before and after his stint at the academy. He reached the ranks of Captain in March 1867, Major in July 1885, Lieutenant Colonel in January 1989, Colonel in February 1891, and Major General in April 1894, lastly Lieutenant General from July 1899.[1] He became Chief of the General Staff in 1894, and from 1897 to his retirement in 1903 he served as the Commanding General of Norway.[3] He was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in September 1903.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Kiærland, Lars (1938). "L'orange, Hans Peter". In Brøgger, A. W.; Jansen, Einar (in Norwegian). Norsk biografisk leksikon. 8 (1st ed.). Oslo: Aschehoug. pp. 441–442. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Henriksen, Petter, ed (2007). "Lorange" (in Norwegian). Store norske leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. http://www.snl.no/Lorange. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  3. Henriksen, Petter, ed (2007). "Hans Peter L'orange" (in Norwegian). Store norske leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. http://www.snl.no/Hans_Peter_L%26apos%3Borange. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Carl Georg With
Commanding General in Norway
1897–1903
Succeeded by
O. Hansen

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