Fasting was born at Lista in Vest-Agder, Norway He was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Soren Christian Fasting (1729-1782) and Benedicte Tyrholm (1734-1774). Fasting was given command of the Royal Norwegian Navy after the union with Denmark ended in the spring of 1814. By fall of that year, he was a member of the interim government. In 1815, he was appointed minister in the Department of the Navy, and for the next 24 years he was Secretary of the Naval administrative.
He served as a member of the Council of State Division in Stockholm for six periods between 1817-1836. He was Minister of the Navy in eight periods between 1815-1839, as well as head of the Ministry of the Army in 1828 and 1832. Fasting was the first individual ever convicted in an impeachment trial by the Norwegian Constitutional Court of the Realm (Riksrett).
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