He was born at Langstrand in Sørøysund as a son of teacher Johannes Jørgensen (1850–1892) and Beret Martha Buvik (1855–1935). He went to sea at the age of fifteen, took lower education in Kristiania and was a construction and factory laborer in Kristiania and Furnes until 1902. In 1902 he was hired in a dairy, and in 1909 he became co-owner of the dairy Fortuna Meieri. From 1916 to 1935 he was an inspector and office manager in the housing rental division of Oslo. From 1935 he was a manager of Krohgstøttens Sykehus.