Jacob Schram (1870–1952)

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Jacob Christian Just Schram (1927 painting)

Jacob Christian Just Schram (30 June 1870 – 19 September 1952) was a Norwegian businessperson.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Kristiania as a son of wholesaler Thomas Andreas Schram (1835–1890) and Mathilde Just (1850–1901).[1] He was a brother of art historian Irma Schram and physician Thomas Schram, and thus a brother-in-law of Mads Gram and Constance Wiel Schram. Another sister Elisabeth was married to Johan Fredrik Gram, a brother of Mads Gram.

In 1895 he married Antoinette Augusta Boeck (1871—1939).[1] Their daughter Beth Schram (1897–1989) married artist Dagfin Werenskiold, a brother of scientist Werner Werenskiold and son of painter Erik Werenskiold.[2] Their son Thomas Boeck Schram took over the family company, and also became co-owner of Oslo Havnelager.[3][4][5]


He finished Kristiania Commerce School before being hired in his father's company Schram & Co in 1890, where he became owner in 1895.[6] The company was located at Sjursøya and traded in herring, stockfish and salt.[3]

From 1924 to 1927 he chaired Oslo Handelsstands Forening.[1] He was a board member of Oslo Havnelager since 1919[4] as well as Oslo Staniol- og Metalkapselfabrik, and supervisory council member of Bergens Privatbank. He was a consul for Denmark from 1908 to 1916 and consul-general for Austria from 1920 to 1924. He was also a member of the administrative committee and head of the fisheries department at the 1914 Jubilee Exhibition,[1] and a known philanthropist.[7]

He was decorated as a Commander, Second Class of the Order of the Dannebrog.[1] He resided at Lysaker,[4] died in September 1952 and was buried in Vår Frelsers gravlund.[8] A portrait of him was commissioned by Oslo Handelsstands Forening and painted by his father-in-law Erik Werenskiold in 1927.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e Steenstrup, Bjørn, ed. (1948). "Schram, Jacob". Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. p. 469. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ Thue, Sigrid Rømcke. "Dagfin Werenskiold". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b "'Saltschram' 100 år". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 31 March 1960. p. 8.
  4. ^ a b c "80 år". Asker og Bærums Budstikke (in Norwegian). 28 June 1950. p. 2.
  5. ^ Hoffstad, Einar (1935). "681 (Merkantilt biografisk leksikon : hvem er hvem i næringslivet?)". runeberg.org (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  6. ^ Hoffstad, Einar, ed. (1935). "Schram, Jacob (Christian Just)". Merkantilt biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian) (1st ed.). Oslo: Yrkesforlaget. p. 681. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  7. ^ "60 år". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 30 June 1930. p. 3.
  8. ^ "Cemeteries in Norway". DIS-Norge. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Oslo Handelsstands Forenings portrætgalleri". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). 22 August 1927. p. 3.