Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg

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Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg
Council President of Denmark
In office
16 August 1909 – 28 October 1909
Monarch Frederick VIII
Preceded by Niels Neergaard
Succeeded by Carl Theodor Zahle
Personal details
Born (1839-06-10)10 June 1839
Hochberg (now Remseck am Neckar), Württemberg
Died 1 March 1912(1912-03-01) (aged 72)
Political party Moderate Venstre

Johan Ludvig Carl Christian Tido lensgreve Holstein til Ledreborg[citation needed] (10 June 1839 – 1 March 1912) was a Danish politician, a descendant of Johan Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg, who was Minister of State of Denmark. He was Council President of Denmark for two months, from 16 August to 28 October 1909, as the leader of the Cabinet of Holstein-Ledreborg. He also served as Defence Minister of Denmark from 18 October to 28 October 1909.

As one of the few members of the Venstre Reform Party, the Danish Liberal party belonging to the nobility, Holstein was isolated by his colleagues and at the same time took a special position within Venstre. He was considered an outstanding and varied speaker and as one of "the five leaders of Venstre" but already 1890 he gave up his political life devoting himself to his life as a squire on Zealand.

During the parliamentarian crisis 1909 he suddenly re-entered the scene, formed a Venstre cabinet and managed to form a compromise in the question of defence that satisfied all parts. A few days later he engineered a vote of no confidence in his own government (the first one in Danish history), and, after duly losing it, resigned and returned to his quiet private life.

He is Denmark's only Catholic Prime Minister.


"There has been much talk from honourable members lately of old statements made in the past by me and others. I don't really care much for old statements, but allow me to assure, that that cesspool is of course still at the honourable gentlemen's full disposal".

In parliament, when confronted with old statements contradicting his current defence policy.

Political offices
Preceded by
Niels Thomasius Neergaard
Council President of Denmark
16 August 1909 – 28 October 1909
Succeeded by
Carl Theodor Zahle
Preceded by
Jens Christian Christensen
Defence Minister of Denmark
18 October 1909 – 28 October 1909
Succeeded by
Christopher Krabbe