The Moltke I cabinet was the government of Denmark from 22 March 1848 to 15 November 1848. It was also referred to as the March Cabinet.
Moltke's first cabinet
1st Cabinet of Denmark
|Date formed||22 March 1848|
|Date dissolved||15 November 1848|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Frederick VII|
|Head of government||Adam Wilhelm Moltke|
|No. of ministers||10|
|Total no. of members||11|
|Member party||National Liberal Party|
Society of the Friends of Peasants
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
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. On 21 March, King Frederick responded by dismissing his ministers and asking Carl Emil Bardenfleth to form a new government. 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. 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 portfoliosEdit
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 &|
Minister for Finance
|22 March 1848||15 November 1848||Nonpartisan|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs||22 March 1848||15 November 1848||Nonpartisan|
|Minister for Trade||22 March 1848||15 November 1848||Nonpartisan|
|Minister of Justice||22 March 1848||13 July 1851||Nonpartisan|
|Kultus Minister||22 March 1848||13 July 1851||National Liberal|
|Minister of War||22 March 1848||15 November 1848||Bondevennerne|
|Minister of the Navy||22 March 1848||6 April 1848||Nonpartisan|
|6 April 1848||10 August 1850||Nonpartisan|
|Minister for the Duchies||22 March 1848||23 March 1848||Nonpartisan|
|Minister without portfolio||22 March 1848||15 November 1848||National Liberal|
|22 March 1848||1 November 1848||National Liberal|
- Skou. Dansk politik A-Å, p. 10.
- 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.