Ólafur Thors

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Ólafur Thors
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Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
1 January 1962 – 14 November 1963
President Ásgeir Ásgeirsson
Preceded by Bjarni Benediktsson
Succeeded by Bjarni Benediktsson
In office
20 November 1959 – 8 September 1961
President Ásgeir Ásgeirsson
Preceded by Emil Jónsson
Succeeded by Bjarni Benediktsson
In office
11 September 1953 – 24 July 1956
President Ásgeir Ásgeirsson
Preceded by Steingrímur Steinþórsson
Succeeded by Hermann Jónasson
In office
6 December 1949 – 14 March 1950
President Sveinn Björnsson
Preceded by Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson
Succeeded by Steingrímur Steinþórsson
In office
21 October 1944 – 4 February 1947
President Sveinn Björnsson
Preceded by Björn Þórðarson
Succeeded by Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson
In office
16 May 1942 – 16 December 1942
Monarch Kristján X
Preceded by Hermann Jónasson
Succeeded by Björn Þórðarson
Personal details
Born 19 January 1892
Borgarnes, Iceland
Died 31 December 1964
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political party Independence Party
Spouse(s) Ólöf Indriðadóttir
Children 4

Ólafur Tryggvason Thors (19 January 1892 – 31 December 1964), the son of Margrét Þorbjörg Kristjánsdóttir and Thor Philip Axel Jensen, was an Icelandic politician of the Independence Party, who served as Prime Minister of Iceland.

Career[edit]

Ólafur Thors was a member of parliament from 1926 until the day of his death in 1964. His first ministerial post was when he served as a substitute justice minister from 14 November 1932 to 23 December 1932. In his political career he served as Minister of Industrial Affairs from 1939 to 1942, foreign minister in his own governments in 1942 and 1944–1947, social minister in his own government from 1949 to 1950, fisheries and industrial minister from 1950 to 1953 and he served as a fisheries minister in his own government from 1953 to 1956. He attended the General Assembly at the UN in 1947 and 1948. Ólafur Thors led the Independence Party from 1934 to 1961. His fifth government with the Social Democrats sat under two other prime ministers from the Independence Party to 1971.

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Preceded by
Jón Þorláksson
Chairman of the Independence Party
1934–1961
Succeeded by
Bjarni Benediktsson
Preceded by
Hermann Jónasson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(first term)

1942
Succeeded by
Björn Þórðarson
Preceded by
Björn Þórðarson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(second term)

1944–1947
Succeeded by
Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson
Preceded by
Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(third term)

1949–1950
Succeeded by
Steingrímur Steinþórsson
Preceded by
Steingrímur Steinþórsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(fourth term)

1953–1956
Succeeded by
Hermann Jónasson
Preceded by
Emil Jónsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(fifth term)

1959–1963
Succeeded by
Bjarni Benediktsson