Baltzar von Platen (statesman)

Count Baltzar Bogislaus von Platen (29 May 1766 – 6 December 1829) was a Swedish naval officer and statesman.[1] He was born on the island of Rügen (now Germany) to Philip Julius Bernhard von Platen, Field Marshal and the Swedish Governor General of Pomerania, and Regina Juliana von Usedom.

Count Baltzar von Platen
Painting of Baltzar von Platen (1766-1829).jpg
Governor-general of Norway
In office
Preceded byJohan August Sandels
Succeeded byJohan Caspar Herman Wedel-Jarlsberg
Personal details
Born(1766-05-29)29 May 1766
Rügen, Swedish Pomerania
Died6 December 1829(1829-12-06) (aged 63)
Christiania, Norway
Spouse(s)Hedvig Elisabeth Ekman
OccupationNaval officer, Architect

Swedish NavyEdit

At age 13 Baltzar entered the Royal Swedish Navy where he served with distinction until resigning in 1800, having attained the rank of Captain.

Göta CanalEdit

Following the revolution in 1809 he became a member Government and, in the following year, received a promotion to Rear Admiral. He was also made chairman of the Göta Canal directorate charged with constructing a canal across Sweden. The canal, following a design by Thomas Telford, would only be completed in 1832, after von Platen's death, but during its construction, he did discover two skilled mechanical engineering brothers John Ericsson and Nils Ericson.


He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1815. He was appointed Governor of Norway on 26 November 1827, a position which he held until his death in Christiania (modern name Oslo), the Norwegian capital, on 6 December 1829.

Burial siteEdit

He was married to Hedvig Elisabeth Ekman. Baltzar von Platen's grave is at the side of the Göta Canal in Motala, where it is something of a tourist attraction, especially for canal visitors.


  1. ^ "Baltzar von Platen". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 October 2010.
Government offices
Preceded by
Johan August Sandels
Governor-general of Norway
Succeeded by
Johan Caspar Herman Wedel-Jarlsberg