Adam Wilhelm Moltke

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Adam Wilhelm Moltke
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Prime Minister of Denmark
In office
22 March 1848 – 27 January 1852
Monarch Frederick VII
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Christian Albrecht Bluhme
Personal details
Born (1785-08-25)25 August 1785
Died 15 February 1864(1864-02-15) (aged 78)

Count Adam Wilhelm Moltke (25 August 1785 – 15 February 1864) was Prime Minister of Denmark from 1848 to 1852. He was the first Danish Prime Minister in the Danish constitutional monarchy outlined in 1848 and signed as the Danish Constitution on 5 June 1849 by Frederik VII of Denmark.


Adam Wilhelm Moltke was the grandson of Adam Gottlob Moltke, the influential Lord Steward and companion of Frederik V of Denmark and the son of Prime Minister Joachim Godske Moltke. He was born at Einsiedelsborg on the island of Funen on the 25th of August 1785. He was known as a humane and patriarchal squire but was no outstanding political figure. From 1845, he was Minister of Financial Affairs. At the fall of the last absolute government, he too was dismissed but, a few days later, he was persuaded to form the new national government as the most suitable leader both as for his social position and as for his moderate views.[1]

The cabinet created on 22 March 1848 was called the March Cabinet. On 16 November 1848 it was replaced by the November Cabinet, which in turn was replaced by the July Cabinet on 13 July 1851, which again was replaced by the October Cabinet on 18 October 1851. The cabinet, originally a Conservative-Liberal one, gradually became more and more openly conservative both because of the general liberal withdrawal and because of foreign pressure.[1] On 27 January 1852, Christian Albrecht Bluhme replaced Moltke as Prime Minister.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bain 1911.


Political offices
Preceded by
New office
Prime Minister of Denmark
22 March 1848 – 27 January 1852
Succeeded by
Christian Albrecht Bluhme
Preceded by
New office ?
Finance Minister of Denmark
22 March 1848 – 16 November 1848
Succeeded by
Wilhelm Sponneck
Preceded by
New office ?
Navy Minister of Denmark
22 March 1848 – 6 April 1848
Succeeded by
Christian Christopher Zahrtmann
Preceded by
Frederik Markus Knuth
Foreign Minister of Denmark
16 November 1848 – 6 August 1850
Succeeded by
Holger Reedtz