Thomas Fasting

Thomas Fasting (25 February 1769 – 21 November 1841) was a Norwegian Naval officer and government minister. [1]

Thomas Fasting
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Born(1769-02-25)25 February 1769
Lista, Denmark-Norway
Died21 November 1841(1841-11-21) (aged 72)
Oslo, Norway
AllegianceDenmark Denmark–Norway (1785-1814) Norway Norway (1814-1839)
Years of service1785-1839

Fasting was born at Lista in Lister, Norway. He was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Soren Christian Fasting (1729-1782) and Benedicte Tyrholm (1734-1774). He started serving in the Royal Dano-Norwegian Navy in 1785. He became captain of the warship «Ærøe» in 1795, stationed in the Danish West Indies. He was also fighting in the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801. In the Gunboat War from 1807 to 1814, he was commander of Fredrikstad Fortress and later captain of the warship «Dantzich».

Fasting was given command of the Royal Norwegian Navy after the union with Denmark ended in the spring of 1814, and was the commander of the navy during the war with Sweden. 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.[2]

He served as a member of the Council of State Division in Stockholm for six periods between 1817 and 1836. He was Minister of the Navy in eight periods between 1815 and 1839, as well as head of the Ministry of the Army in 1828 and 1832.[3][4] Fasting was the first individual ever convicted in an impeachment trial by the Norwegian Constitutional Court of the Realm (Riksrett) in 1821.


  1. ^ Knut Dørum. "Thomas Fasting". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Roald Berg. "Thomas Fasting, Sjøoffiser, Statsråd". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Register of Persons "Norway's Governments since 1814"". Retrieved 2011-05-11.
  4. ^ "First Wedel Government". Retrieved 2011-05-11.