In domestic policy, Konow"s time as Prime Minister saw the extension (in 1911) of accident insurance to seamen. Wollert Konow was a grandson of the famous Danish writer Adam Oehlenschlager. His mother was Marie Louise Oehlenschläger (1818–1910), daughter of Adam Oehlenschläger.
Wollert Konow was mayor of Fana most of the time between 1880 and 1901, and was in 1877–1879 Deputy to the Parliament for Søndre Bergenhus.
He was Minister of the Interior 1891–1893, Minister of Agriculture 1898–1902, and Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Auditing 1902–1903. He was Odelsting president 1884–1887 and President of the Storting in 1888 and again from 1897 to 1899.
"Bachelor of Science" is usually appended to Konow"s name to differentiate him from his contemporary politician by the same name, Wollert Konow from Hedemarken. Bachelor of Science stands for "Søndre Bergenhus," the now-defunct constituency Konow represented in national politics.
Liberal Party, Liberal Left Party.
Konow was alternate member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, 1913 to 1922 and Member of the Committee from 1922 until he died in 1924. He was a central board member of the Liberal Left Party from 1909 to 1912.