Moltke I Cabinet

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The Cabinet of Moltke I was the government of Denmark from 22 March 1848 to 15 November 1848. It was also referred to as the March Cabinet.

In March 1848, Copenhagen was full of rumours that Schleswig and Holstein had rebelled against Denmark, and the National Liberals took advantage of the situation by arranging protest demonstrations against King Frederick VII and his politics.[1] On 21 March, King Frederick responded by dismissing his ministers and asking Carl Emil Bardenfleth to form a new government.[2] Bardenfleth failed to reach a compromise with the National Liberals, however, and so did Peter Georg Bang whom the king had asked to take his place. On the morning of 22 March the king begged Adam Wilhelm Moltke, the leader of the previous cabinet, to lead a government of responsible ministers, effectively ending the absolute monarchy.[1] Moltke quickly managed to put a government together, the Cabinet of Moltke I.

It was replaced by the Cabinet of Moltke II on 15 November 1848.

List of ministers and portfolios[edit]

Some of the terms in the table end after 15 November 1848 because the minister was in the Cabinet of Moltke II as well.

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister   Adam Wilhelm Moltke 22 March 1848 28 January 1852 Nonpartisan
Foreign Minister   Frederik Marcus Knuth 22 March 1848 15 November 1848 Nonpartisan
Finance Minister   Adam Wilhelm Moltke 22 March 1848 15 November 1848 Nonpartisan
Trade Minister   Christian Albrecht Bluhme 22 March 1848 15 November 1848 Nonpartisan
Justice Minister   Carl Emil Bardenfleth 22 March 1848 13 July 1851 Nonpartisan
Kultus Minister   Ditlev Gothard Monrad 22 March 1848 13 July 1851 National Liberal
War Minister   Anton Frederik Tscherning 22 March 1848 15 November 1848 Bondevennerne
Navy Minister   Adam Wilhelm Moltke 22 March 1848 6 April 1848 Nonpartisan
  Christian Christopher Zarthmann 6 April 1848 10 August 1850 Nonpartisan
Minister for the duchies   Carl Scheel-Plessen 22 March 1848 23 March 1848 Nonpartisan
Minister without portfolio   Orla Lehmann 22 March 1848 15 November 1848 National Liberal
Minister without portfolio   Lauritz Nicolai Hvidt 22 March 1848 1 November 1848 National Liberal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General:
  1. Skou, Kaare R. (2005). Dansk politik A-Å (in Danish). Aschehoug. ISBN 87-11-11652-8. 
In-line:
  1. ^ a b Skou. Dansk politik A-Å, p. 10.
  2. ^ Neergaard, M. (1892). Under junigrundloven - En fremstilling af det danske folks politiske historie fra 1848 til 1866 - første bind (in Danish). Copenhagen: P. G. Philipsens forlag. p. 150. 
Preceded by
Cabinet of Denmark
22 March 1848 – 15 November 1848
Succeeded by
Cabinet of Moltke II