REE, BERNHARD PHILIP:
Danish editor and politician; born in Aarhuus; Jutland, July 18, 1813; died there Nov. 13, 1868; son of Hartvig Philip Ree. He studied law for a while, but in 1838 became editor of the "Aalborg Stiftstidende," at the same time engaging in the publishing business. In addition to the "Stiftstidende," he edited and published several magazines, of which may be mentioned "Læsekabinettet" (1841-42, 3 vols.); "Almindelig Dansk Landbotidende" (1846); and "Nyeste Aftenpost" (1849).
In 1844 Ree was elected a member of the municipal council, and in 1860 was reelected, serving during both terms as a member of committees on steamship communication, postal service, and agriculture dealing with questions of importance to the community of Aalborg. From 1850 to 1854 Ree served as a member of the Folkething, or Lower House, representing the third and fifth election districts of Aalborg amt. As a member of this legislative body Ree strongly advocated the sale of the Danish West Indies to the United States.
In 1864 Ree was again returned to the Folkething, and in 1866 he was elected a member of the Landsthing, or Upper House, but illness compelled him to resign in the following year.
- C. F. Bricka, Dansk Biografisk Lexicon.