He originally made a career in the military, but from 1874 he worked with canals and timber raftings. From 1884 to 1892 he was the chairman of the Norwegian Polytechnic Society. He was appointed Minister of Auditing and Minister of Labour on 6 March 1891.
On 27 November the same year he left the position as Minister of Auditing.
He left the Ministry of Labour on 1 May 1893. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament in 1895, representing the constituency of Kristiania, Hønefoss og Kongsvinger.
He was re-elected in 1898. He left on 28 February 1899 to become Minister of Labour the next day.
On 1 June 1900 he was again transferred to Stockholm, serving until November 1900.
He was a grandchild of priest and politician Hans Hein Nysom.