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Erik Dahlbergh

In Jönköping there is both Erik Dahlbergsgymnasiet, Erik Dahlbergsgatan and also in Huskvarna there is Erik Dahlbergsgatan but what did Erik Dahlbergh have to do with Jönköping / Huskvarna.

Growing up
Erik Dahlbergh, born Jönsson but changed his name when he was knighted in 1660. He was born on October 10, 1625 in Stockholm. He was governor of Jönköping 1687-1693. Erik's father died when he was 4 years old and he grew up in poverty. His mother died when he was 10 years old. When he was 13, he was sent to a writing and arithmetic school in Hamburg by his uncle. He later studied engineering. He was sent to Frankfurt am Main, where he continued to study mathematics and perspective theory. During his time in Frankfurt am Main, he made many valuable contacts. In 1656 he joined the army and became lieutenant general-lieutenant. But Erik got the plague and disappeared for a long time. After he recovered, he joined the army again and became successful in his role there.

In 1887 Dahlbergh became governor of Jönköping County, he was governor until 1693. Here in Jönköping he is best known for having designed the old City Hall in 1692. The castle chapel in Jönköping was also designed by Governor Erik Dahlbergh and built in 1694. The trivial school building next to Kristine church is also he builder of. Dahlbergh took the initiative to move weapons production from Dunkehalla and Jönköping to Huskvarna, which then became Husqvarna weapons factory. Which today remains in the same place and at Husqvarna museum, you can learn more. During his time as governor, Dahlbergh renewed Gränna's city privileges and ended the state of uncertainty that existed for the city after the county's reduction.

Architect and illustrator
Erik Dahlbergh was known as a fortress architect, he has, among other things, been involved in having built or rebuilt the fortresses in Gothenburg, Malmö and Kalmar. He was commissioned in 1661 to "geographically record Sweden's foremost cities and make a brief description". It became Suecia antiqua et hodierna (former and present Sweden) a poster work containing 353 large posters in copper engraving. This he worked on all his life.

Erik passed away on January 16, 1703, aged 77 years. He is buried in Turinge church in Södertälje in a burial choir that he himself has drawn.