Otto Richard Kierulf

Otto Richard Kierulf (29 January 1825 – 7 January 1897) was a Norwegian military officer, politician and sports administrator.[1]

Otto Richard Kierulf
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Norwegian Prime Minister in Stockholm
In office
1 November 1871 – 21 March 1884
MonarchCharles XV
Oscar II
Prime MinisterFrederik Stang
Christian A. Selmer
Preceded byGeorg Sibbern
Succeeded byCarl Otto Løvenskiold
Personal details
Born(1825-01-29)29 January 1825
Christiania, Norway
Died7 January 1897(1897-01-07) (aged 71)
Oslo, Norway
Occupationmilitary officer, politician and sports administrator


Otto Richard Kierulf was born in Christiania (now Oslo). Kierulf was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Christian Kierulf and Anne Marie Sofie Winge. He was born into a military family. He took his officer training in the infantry and was promoted to second lieutenant in 1842. In 1847, he entered the artillery and advanced in 1860 to lieutenant colonel.[2]

He was the first leader of Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (Centralforeningen for Udbredelse af Legemsøvelser og Vaabenbrug), first from 1861 to 1864, and again from 1867 to 1869.[3]

He served as a member of Christiania City Council, and was deputy to Parliament for Christiania during the period 1871–1873. He served as Norwegian Prime Minister in Stockholm (1873–1884) and served as Norwegian Prime Minister of the interim government (1875–1881).[4][5]

In 1859 he was appointed knight in the Order of Saint Olav and promoted to Grand Cross in 1873. He was the knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim and of the Order of the Danneborg. He died during 1897 in Oslo and was buried at Vestre gravlund.[6]


  1. ^ Otto Richard Kierulf Statsminister 1871 - 1873. Norsk statsminister i Stockholm 1873 – 1884 (
  2. ^ Kierulf, Otto Richard (Nordisk familjebok 1900)
  3. ^ Nordahl, Gunnar (1961). "Pionértiden – "Centralforeningen for Udbredelse af Legemsøvelser og Vaabenbrug 1861-1893". In Nordahl, Gunnar; Tyrihjell, Odd (eds.). Norsk idrett gjennom hundre år. 1861–1961. Aschehoug.
  4. ^ Mardal, Magnus A. "Otto Richard Kierulf". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  5. ^ Prime Minister in Stockholm - Time in Office (
  6. ^ "Otto Richard Kierulf.Statsminister 1871-1873. Norsk statsminister i Stockholm 1873 -1884". Retrieved June 1, 2019.

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