As a young man, Wollert Konow studied
law but he never got a degree. From 1868 he ran a school in
the countryside in western Norway. In 1878 he took over his
father's farm outside Bergen, Norway's second largest city.
Soon after, he became engaged in politics.
Konow was a member of the Storting in 1880-1888, 1898-1900
and in 1910-1912. He served as President of the Odelsting
in 1884-1888 and was President of the Storting in 1898-1900
and in 1912. He was Norwegian Prime Minister in 1910 until
Wollert Konow was a Norwegian delegate to the Peace
Conference at the Hague in 1899. As deputy member, he acted
as a substitute for Hagerup in the final meeting of the
Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1920. He was a full member of
the committee in 1922-1924.