Axel Andreas Thallaug got his Master of Law degree in 1889. From 1894 he worked as a solicitor in Lillehammer. He gradually specialized in business law.
Thallaug was engaged in the local government from 1894 until he died in 1938. He was a member of the Storting in 1903-1918. As a member of the Storting Thallaug became a member of the Nordic Interparliamentary Council (Det Nordiske Interparlamentariske Råd) and attended peace conferences in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Geneva and the Hague. Thallaug was a deputy member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1925-1936.
The biographical sketches of the Norwegian Nobel Committee members were written by Sølvi Glendrange and edited by Øyvind Tønnesson. They are based on the following sources:
– Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (Norwegian Biographical Encyclopaedia), Oslo 1923-1983
– Hvem er Hvem? (The Norwegian “Who’s Who”), several editions
– Aschehoug og Gyldendals Store Norske Leksikon (The Norwegian National Encyclopaedia), Kunnskapsforlaget, 2nd and 3rd edition, Oslo 1989/1995-1999
– Kunnskapsforlagets Nettleksikon (the Web Encyclopedia of Kunnskapsforlaget, www.kunnskapsforlaget.no), Oslo 1999