Christian August Selmer

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Christian Selmer
Christian Selmer.jpg
2nd Prime Minister of Norway in Christiania
In office
Monarch Oscar II
Preceded by Frederik Stang
Succeeded by Christian Homann Schweigaard
Personal details
Born Christian August Selmer
(1816-11-16)16 November 1816
Died 1 November 1889(1889-11-01) (aged 72)
Bygdøy (now in Oslo)
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Conservative Party
Spouse(s) Anna Sylvia Leganger
Occupation Politician
Profession clerck
Religion Church of Norway

Christian August Selmer (16 November 1816 – 1 September 1889, at Bygdøy) was a Norwegian politician who served as a member of the Norwegian parliament, minister of defense, minister of justice, and prime minister. He was the second prime minister to serve in Christiania (Oslo).

Selmer's record as prime minister was characterized by conflict over whether members of the cabinet were required to appear in parliament to answer questions. He influenced King Oscar II to reject efforts at a compromise, setting the stage for impeachment proceedings in 1883 to 1884. Selmer was convicted and removed from office.

It was subsequently found that Selmer had conspired with the king to overrule the impeachment results, institute unlimited veto rights for the king, and use force against any resulting insurrection.


Political offices
Preceded by
Frederik Stang
Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by
Christian Homann Schweigaard