He was a brother of Anne Marie Riddervold Jensen, who married Finn Lützow-Holm. He took his examen artium in 1881 and the candidate.theol. degree in 1887. He spent his entire career, from 1887 to 1924, as a teacher in Tønsberg.
From 1912 to 1919 as headmaster.
He was also the auditor for the local savings bank from 1896 to 1928. He was elected to the Parliament of Norway from Tønsberg in 1903.
After not being re-elected after three years, he did return and was elected to a second and third term in 1909 and 1915 respectively. From June 1920 to June 1921 he was the Norwegian Minister of Education and Church Affairs in Bahr Halvorsen"s First Cabinet.
He was a member of Tønsberg city council from 1898 to 1931, serving as deputy mayor from 1901 to 1904.