Otto Blehr

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Otto Blehr
Otto Albert Blehr.jpg
7th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
22 June 1921 – 23 March 1923
Monarch Haakon VII
Preceded by Otto Bahr Halvorsen
Succeeded by Otto Bahr Halvorsen
Personal details
Born 17 February 1847
Stange, Hedmark. Norway
Died 13 July 1927
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Liberal Party
Profession Jurist

Otto Albert Blehr (17 February 1847, – 13 July 1927, Oslo) was a Norwegian attorney and politician representing the Liberal Party. He served as the 7th Prime Minister of Norway from 1902 to 1903 during the Union between Sweden and Norway and from 1921 to 1923 following the Dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden.[1]

Blehr grew up at a farm at Stange in Hedmark where his father was a medical officer.[1] He married women's rights activist Randi Blehr in 1876.[2] Blehr graduated cand.jur. in 1871. He served as parliamentary reporter for the newspapers Dagbladet and Bergens Tidende. He was one of the founders of the Fjordenes Blad. He later started and served as the first editor of the Sogns Tidende. Blehr was the governor of Nordre Bergenhus (1883-88) and for Nordland (1895-1900).[3]

He was also the auditor of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1903 to his death. In 1905 he was appointed as Prefect of Christiania (now Oslo), an office he held until 1921. He was also a member of the Norwegian delegation to the League of Nations 1920 and 1922-1925.[4]

Otto Blehr was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav in 1898.[5]


  1. ^ a b Otto Blehr (Government Administration Services)
  2. ^ Moksnes, Aslaug. "Randi Blehr". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Per Fuglum. "Otto Blehr". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ Norwegian Nobel Committee. Aarsberetninger fra Det Norske Stortings Nobelkomité 1900–1930 (in Norwegian). Parliament of Norway. 
  5. ^ Knut Dørum. "Otto Blehr". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Johannes Steen
Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by
George Francis Hagerup
Preceded by
Otto Bahr Halvorsen
Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by
Otto Bahr Halvorsen
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