List of Defence Ministers of Denmark

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This is a list of all Danish Defence Ministers.

The current office was established in 1905, merging the two previous positions of War Minister (for army matters) and Navy Minister.

List of War Ministers (1848–1905)[edit]

From To War Minister Years of living
22 March 1848 16 November 1848 Anton Frederik Tscherning 1795–1874
16 November 1848 13 July 1851 Christian Frederik von Hansen 1788–1873
13 July 1851 18 October 1851 Jacob Scavenius Fibiger 1793–1861
18 October 1851 27 January 1852 Carl Julius Flensborg 1804–1852
27 January 1852 12 December 1854 Christian Frederik von Hansen 1788–1873
12 December 1854 25 May 1856 Matthias Lüttichau 1795–1870
25 May 1856 2 December 1859 Carl Christian Lundbye 1812–1873
2 December 1859 13 August 1863 Hans Nicolai Thestrup 1794–1879
13 August 1863 18 May 1864 Carl Christian Lundbye 1812–1873
18 May 1864 11 July 1864 Christian Emilius Reich 1822–1865
11 July 1864 6 November 1865 Christian Frederik von Hansen 1788–1873
6 November 1865 1 October 1866 Johan Waldemar Neergaard 1810–1879
1 October 1866 19 April 1870 Valdemar Rudolph von Raasløff 1815–1883
19 April 1870 28 May 1870 None (Christian Emil greve Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs) 1817–1896
28 May 1870 23 December 1872 Wolfgang von Haffner 1810–1887
23 December 1872 14 July 1874 Christian Albert Frederik Thomsen 1827–1896
14 July 1874 26 July 1874 Niels Frederik Ravn 1826–1910
14 July 1874 11 June 1875 Peter Frederik Steinmann 1812–1894
11 June 1875 11 July 1875 None
11 July 1875 28 July 1877 Wolfgang von Haffner 1810–1887
28 July 1877 4 January 1879 Johan Christopher Frederik Dreyer 1814–1898
4 January 1879 1 April 1881 Vilhelm Frederik Ludvig Kauffmann 1821–1892
1 April 1881 12 September 1884 Niels Frederik Ravn 1826–1910
12 September 1884 7 August 1894 Jesper Jespersen von Bahnson 1827–1909
7 August 1894 25 April 1896 Christian Albert Frederik Thomsen 1827–1896
25 April 1896 23 May 1897 Johan Gustav Frederik Schnack 1839–1920
23 May 1897 28 August 1899 Christian Frederik Frands Elias Tuxen 1837–1903
28 August 1899 24 July 1901 Johan Gustav Frederik Schnack 1839–1920
24 July 1901 14 January 1905 Vilhelm Herman Oluf Madsen 1844–1917

List of Navy Ministers (1848–1905)[edit]

From To Navy Minister Years of living
22 March 1848 6 April 1848 Adam Wilhelm Moltke 1785–1864
6 April 1848 10 August 1850 Christian Christopher Zahrtmann 1793–1853
10 August 1850 25 November 1850 Carl Ludvig Christian Irminger 1802–1888
25 November 1850 27 January 1852 Carl Edvard van Dockum 1804–1893
27 January 1852 12 December 1854 Steen Andersen Bille 1797–1883
12 December 1854 2 December 1859 Ole Wilhelm Michelsen 1800–1880
2 December 1859 24 February 1860 Hans Nicolai Thestrup 1794–1879
24 February 1860 31 December 1863 Steen Andersen Bille 1797–1883
31 December 1863 6 November 1865 Otto Hans Lütken 1813–1883
6 November 1865 17 August 1866[1] Hans Herman Grove 1814–1866
17 September 1866[1] 1 November 1867 Carl Edvard van Dockum 1804–1893
1 November 1867 22 September 1869 Otto Fredrik Suenson 1810–1888
22 September 1869 19 April 1870 Waldemar Raasløff 1815–1883
19 April 1870 28 May 1870 None
28 May 1870 23 December 1873 Wolfgang von Haffner 1810–1887
23 December 1870 21 May 1873 Christian Albert Frederik Thomsen 1827–1896
21 May 1873 11 June 1875 Niels Frederik Ravn 1826–1910
11 June 1875 11 July 1875 None
11 July 1875 28 July 1877 Wolfgang von Haffner 1810–1887
28 July 1877 4 January 1879 Johan Christopher Frederik Dreyer 1814–1898
4 January 1879 27 April 1900 Niels Frederik Ravn 1826–1910
27 April 1900 24 July 1901 Christian Giørtz Middelboe 1852–1920
24 July 1901 14 January 1905 Ferdinand Henrik Jøhnke 1837–1908

List of Defence Ministers (1905–present)[edit]

From To Defence Minister Years of living
14 January 1905 12 October 1908 Jens Christian Christensen 1856–1930
12 October 1908 16 September 1909 Niels Thomasius Neergaard 1854–1936
16 September 1909 18 October 1909 Jens Christian Christensen 1856–1930
18 October 1909 28 October 1909 Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg 1839–1912
28 October 1909 5 July 1910 Christopher Krabbe 1833–1913
5 July 1910 21 June 1913 Klaus Berntsen 1844–1927
21 June 1913 30 March 1920 Peter Rochegune Munch 1870–1948
30 March 1920 5 April 1920 Henri Konow 1862–1939
5 April 1920 5 May 1920 Michael Pedersen Friis 1857–1944
5 May 1920 9 October 1922 Klaus Berntsen 1844–1927
9 October 1922 23 April 1924 Søren Brorsen 1875–1961
23 April 1924 14 December 1926 Laust Rasmussen 1862–1941
14 December 1926 30 April 1929 Søren Brorsen 1875–1961
30 April 1929 24 November 1932 Laust Rasmussen 1862–1941
24 November 1932 31 May 1933 Hans Pieter Hansen 1872–1953
31 May 1933 4 November 1935 Thorvald August Marinus Stauning 1873–1942
4 November 1935 10 April 1940 Alsing Emanuel Andersen 1893–1962
10 April 1940 8 July 1940 None (Alsing Emanuel Andersen) 1893–1962
8 July 1940 4 May 1942 None (Søren Brorsen) 1875–1961
4 May 1942 29 August 1943 Søren Brorsen 1875–1961
29 August 1943 5 May 1945 None (Søren Brorsen) 1875–1961
5 May 1945 7 November 1945 Ole Bjørn Kraft 1893–1980
7 November 1945 13 November 1947 Harald Petersen 1893–1970
13 November 1947 30 October 1950 Rasmus Hansen 1896–1971
30 October 1950 30 September 1953 Harald Petersen 1893–1970
30 September 1953 25 May 1956 Rasmus Hansen 1896–1971
25 May 1956 15 November 1962 Poul Hansen 1913–1966
15 November 1962 2 February 1968 Victor Gram 1910–1969
2 February 1968 17 March 1971 Erik Ninn-Hansen b. 1922
17 March 1971 11 October 1971 Knud Østergaard 1922–1993
11 October 1971 27 September 1973 Kjeld Olesen b. 1932
27 September 1973 19 December 1973 Orla Møller 1916–1979
19 December 1973 13 February 1975 Erling Brøndum b. 1930
13 February 1975 1 October 1977 Orla Møller 1916–1979
1 October 1977 10 September 1982 Poul Søgaard b. 1923
10 September 1982 10 September 1987 Hans Engell b. 1948
10 September 1987 3 June 1988 Bernt Johan Collet b. 1941
3 June 1988 25 January 1993 Knud Enggaard b. 1929
25 January 1993 31 December 2000 Hans Hækkerup 1945–2013
21 December 2000 27 November 2001 Jan Trøjborg 1955–2012
27 November 2001 24 April 2004 Svend Aage Jensby b. 1940
24 April 2004 23 February 2010 Søren Gade b. 1963
23 February 2010 3 October 2011 Gitte Lillelund Bech b. 1969
3 October 2011 9 August 2013 Nick Hækkerup b. 1968
9 August 2013 Nicolai Wammen b. 1971

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grove died in office. J. B. S. Estrup was minister ad interim.