List of colonial governors of the Danish Gold Coast

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Colonial Heads of the Danish Gold Coast Settlements[edit]

The Danish Gold Coast was established on the eastern Gold Coast (present-day Ghana):

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Incumbent Notes
Danish Suzerainty
1657/8 Danish Gold Coast Settlements established on the eastern Gold Coast
1658 Heinrich Carloff, Opperhoved (Danish: means Factor (agent) |Factor, also rendered as Station Chief)  
1659 Samuel Schmidt, Opperhoved  
1659 to 1662 Jost Cramer, Opperhoved  
1662 to 1668 Henning Albrecht, Opperhoved  
1668 to 1674 Bartholomaus von Gronstein, Governor—1st to be designated as governor  
1674 to1677 Conrad Crull, Governor[1]  
1677 to 1681 Peter With, Opperhoved  
1681 Magnus Prang, Governor[2]  
to 1698 Erik Tylleman, Opperhoved  
10 June 1698 to 23 December 1698 Erik Oehlsen, Opperhoved  
23 December 1698 to 31 August 1703 John Trawne, Opperhoved  
11 September 1703 to 23 April 1704 Hartvig Meyer, Opperhoved  
23 April 1704 to 5 May 1705 Peter Sverdrup, acting Opperhoved  
5 May 1705 to 25 May 1705 Peter Petersen, acting Opperhoved  
25 May 1705 to 17 August 1711 Erik Olsen Lygaard, Opperhoved 2nd Term
17 August 1711 to 26 November 1717 Bfantz Boye, Opperhoved  
26 November 1717 to 6 August 1720 Knud Røst, Opperhoved  
6 August 1720 to 24 January 1722 Peter Østrup, Opperhoved  
25 January 1722 to 22 January 1723 Niels Jensen Østrup, Opperhoved  
22 January 1723 to 27 April 1724 Christian Andreas Syndermann, Opperhoved  
27 April 1724 to 1 March 1727 Hendrik von Suhm, Opperhoved  
4 March 1727 to 18 September 1727 Fred Pahl, Opperhoved  
18 September 1727 to 24 December 1728 Andreas Willumsen, Opperhoved  
24 December 1728 to 12 August 1735 Anders Pedersen Waerøe, Opperhoved  
12 August 1735 to 14 June 1736 Severin Schilderup, Opperhoved  
14 June 1736 to 20 June 1740 Enevold Nielson Boris, Opperhoved  
20 June 1740 to 26 May 1743 Peter Nikolaj Jørgensen, Opperhoved  
26 May 1743 to 3 February 1744 Christian Glob Dorph, Opperhoved  
3 February 1744 to 11 March 1745 Jørgen Billsen, Opperhoved  
11 March 1745 to 23 March 1745 Thomas Brock, Opperhoved  
23 March 1745 to 23 April 1745 Johan Wilder, Opperhoved  
23 April 1745 to 21 June 1746 August Frederik Hackenburg, Opperhoved  
21 June 1746 to 1750 Joost Platfusz, Opperhoved  
Danish crown colony
1750 to 6 March 1751 Joost Platfusz, Opperhoved  
6 March 1751 to 8 March 1751 Magnus Christopher Lützow, Opperhoved  
8 March 1751 to 21 July 1752 Magnus Hacksen, acting Opperhoved  
21 July 1752 to 11 March 1757 Carl Engman, Opperhoved  
11 March 1757 to 14 February 1762 Christian Jessen, Opperhoved  
14 February 1762 to 20 October 1766 Carl Gottleb Resch, Opperhoved  
20 October 1766 to 11 January 1768 Christian Tychsen, Governor  
11 January 1768 to 2 July 1769 Frantz Joachim Kuhberg, Governor  
2 July 1769 to 11 June 1770 Joachim Christian Otto, acting Governor  
11 June 1770 to 15 June 1772 Johan Daniel Frøhlich, acting Governor  
15 June 1772 to 24 June 1777 Niels Urban Aarestrup, acting Governor  
24 June 1777 to 2 December 1780 Johan Conrad von Hemsen, Governor  
2 December 1780 to 21 April 1788 Jens Adolph Kjoge, acting Governor  
21 April 1788 to 23 October 1789 Johan Friedrich Kipnasse, acting Governor  
23 October 1789 to July 1792 Andreas Rieselsen Bjørn, Governor  
July 1792 to 25 January 1793 Andreas Hammer, acting Governor  
25 January 1793 to 30 June 1793 Andreas Hammer, Governor  
30 June 1793 to 3 August 1793 Bendt Olrich, Governor  
3 August 1793 to 17 August 1795 Baron Christian Friedrich von Hager, Governor  
October 1795 to 31 December 1799 Johan Peter David Wrisberg, Governor 1st Term
31 December 1799 to 3 December 1802 Johan David Ahnholm, acting Governor  
3 December 1802 to 15 April 1807 Johan Peter David Wrisberg, Governor 2nd Term
15 April 1807 to 1 March 1817 Christian Schiønning, Governor  
3 March 1817 to 5 October 1817 Johan Emanuel Rechter, Governor  
5 October 1817 to 6 May 1819 Jens Nikolas Cornelius Reiersen, acting Governor  
6 May 1819 to 1 January 1821 Christian Svanekjaer, acting Governor  
1 January 1821 to 5 September 1821 Peter Svane Steffens, Governor  
5 September 1821 to 23 December 1823 Matthias Thønning, acting Governor  
23 December 1823 to 7 May 1825 Johan Christopher von Richelieu, Governor  
7 May 1825 to 30 September 1827 Niels Brøch, acting Governor 1st Term
30 September 1827 to 1 August 1828 Jens Peter Flindt, Governor  
1 August 1828 to 20 January 1831 Heinrich Gerhard Lind, acting Governor 1st Term
29 January 1831 to 21 October 1831 Ludwig Vincent von Hein, Governor  
21 October 1831 to 4 December 1831 Helmut von Arenstorff, Governor  
4 December 1831 to 1 March 1833 Niels Brøch, Governor 2nd Term
1 March 1833 to 21 July 1833 Heinrich Gerhard Lind, acting Governor 2nd Term
21 July 1833 to 26 December 1834 Edvard von Gandil, acting Governor  
26 December 1834 to 19 August 1837 Frederik Segfried Mørch, acting Governor  
19 August 1837 to 18 March 1839 Frederik Segfried Mørch, Governor  
19 March 1839 to 18 August 1839 Hans Angel Giede, acting Governor  
18 August 1839 to 24 May 1842 Lucas Dall, acting Governor  
24 May 1842 to 26 August 1842 Bernhard Johan Christian Wilkens, acting Governor  
26 August 1842 to 15 March 1844 Edvard James Arnold Carstensen, acting Governor[3] 1st Term
18 March 1844 to 5 July 1844 Edvard Ericksen, acting Governor  
5 July 1844 to 9 October 1844 George Lutterodt, acting Governor  
9 August 1844 to 10 April 1847 Edvard James Arnold Carstensen, Governor 2nd Term
10 April 1847 to 20 February 1850 Rasmus Eric Schmidt, acting Governor  
30 March 1850 Gold Coast Settlements sold to Britain and incorporated into the Gold Coast Colony


References[edit]

  1. ^ Ole Justesen, ed. Danish Sources for the History of Ghana 1657–1754 Vol. 1 (1657–1735). Copenhagen: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 2005. p. 48 ISBN 87-7304-312-5 ;also: "http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_der_Gouverneure_von_Ghana
  2. ^ The title of Governor was bestowed on three individuals before 1766: von Gronstein; Crull; and Prang.
  3. ^ Closing the Books: Governor Edward Carstensen on Danish Guinea, 1842–50. Translated from the Danish by Tove Storsveen. Accra, Ghana: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2010.

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