Abraham Berge

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Abraham Theodor Berge
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8th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
23 May 1923 – 25 July 1924
Preceded by Otto Bahr Halvorsen
Succeeded by Johan Ludwig Mowinckel
Minister of Finance
In office
1923–1924
Prime Minister Otto Bahr Halvorsen
Himself
Preceded by Otto Albert Blehr
Succeeded by Arnold Holmboe
In office
1910–1912
Prime Minister Gunnar Knudsen
Preceded by Gunnar Knudsen
Succeeded by Fredrik Ludvig Konow
In office
1906–1907
Prime Minister Christian Michelsen
Preceded by Edvard Hagerup Bull
Succeeded by Johan Magnus Halvorsen
Minister of Church and Education
In office
1907–1908
Prime Minister Jørgen Løvland
Preceded by Otto Jensen
Succeeded by Karl Seip
Personal details
Born (1851-08-20)20 August 1851
Lyngdal,  Norway
Died 10 July 1936(1936-07-10) (aged 84)
Tønsberg,  Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Free-minded Liberal Party
Other political
affiliations
Liberal Party
Profession
Awards St. Olavs Orden stripe.svg Order of St. Olav

Abraham Theodor Berge (20 August 1851 – 10 July 1936) was Prime Minister of Norway from 1923 to 1924. He was a teacher and civil servant who represented Venstre, the social liberal party, and later Frisinnede Venstre, a right-of-centre party. [1]

Berge was born at Lyngdal in Lister og Mandals amt (present-day Vest-Agder, Norway). He was the son of Johan Tobias Johnsen Berge (1813-1883) and Helene Andreasdatter Kvalsvig. A teacher by profession, Berge started his political career in Lista in the present-day municipality of Farsund, where he was in 1882 elected mayor. From here he went on to the Norwegian Parliament in 1891. He served, in different periods, as both Minister of Culture and Church Affairs and Minister of Finance. Then, after a 10-year absence from politics, he became again Minister of Finance, and later also Prime Minister, when sitting Prime Minister Otto Bahr Halvorsen died. He resigned this post as the result of the defeat in a vote to lift prohibition. [2]

In 1926 he was, as the only Norwegian Prime Minister ever, impeached. The charge was withholding information relating to the government rescue of a bank threatened by bankruptcy. He was, however, acquitted in 1927, along with the six ministers who stood trial alongside him.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Listerlandets kystværn og kaperfart 1807-14 (Tønsberg 1914) and Lista. En bygdebok (Tønsberg 1926). Both books reprinted 2006 by Klokkhammer Forlag AS.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Abraham Berge, Prime Minister 1923 - 1924". Government.no. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ Svein Carstens. "Abraham Berge, Lærer, Politiker". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Abraham Theodor Berge". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Otto Bahr Halvorsen
Prime Minister of Norway
1923–1924
Succeeded by
Johan Ludwig Mowinckel