Biography of Hannibal Sehested (1609-1666)

Norwegian statesman born in Ösel (current Saarema, Estonia) in 1609 and died September 23, 1666 in Paris (France).

His political career began in 1632; previously, between 1629 and 1632, he made numerous trips abroad. Last year was its link with the Court of King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway. He tried to set up negotiations with Sweden in 1635, but its first result was failure. In 1640 he was appointed member of the Council of State of the Crown. Two years later, in 1642, he came to play the position of Governor of Norway, since it is also known under the name of Stadholder. That same year of 1642 he married with Christiane, the sister of King Christian IV. During the war with Sweden, elapsed between 1643-1945, Sehested invaded the country enemy on several occasions and managed to repel the Swedish attacks against Norway. At the head of the Norwegian Government he managed to increase his country's resources, as well as the ability of self-governance of the same. With all of this, he began to lay the groundwork towards the Norwegian independence from Denmark.

After the war, between 1646 and 1647, took partial control of the Norwegian finance. He decided to use tax revenues to cover military expenses and debts caused during the war. Deceased King Christian IV in 1648, that same year Sehested was accused of embezzlement and designated by their opponents in the Council of State. The indictment forced him to leave the territories of the Crown. In 1651 he retired from the Council. Since then and until 1658 he lived abroad. His services to the State were despised by Federico III during the new clash between Norway and Sweden, in an act of near treason. Later, he was granted permission to return to Denmark. Once there, he participated in the negotiations of the Treaty of Copenhagen in 1660, signed with Sweden, and got the same items were especially advantageous for Denmark. He managed to win again the real grace and accumulated high charges. He was appointed Treasurer and, again, received the post of Minister of State. One of his greatest achievements in this new stage was the modernization of the administrative system of your country.

Few years later, in 1666, he died in Paris, far from the country which fought from their various roles in the Government.

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