Otto Bahr Halvorsen
Otto Bahr Halvorsen 1921.jpg
Bahr Halvorsen in 1921.
14th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
21 June 1920 – 22 June 1921
MonarchHaakon VII
Preceded byGunnar Knudsen
Succeeded byOtto Blehr
In office
6 March 1923 – 23 May 1923
MonarchHaakon VII
Preceded byOtto Blehr
Succeeded byAbraham Berge
Minister of Justice
In office
21 June 1920 – 22 June 1921
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byOtto Blehr
Succeeded byOlaf Amundsen
In office
6 March 1923 – 23 May 1923
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byArnold Holmboe
Succeeded byChristian L. Rolfsen
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
1919 – 23 May 1923
Preceded byJens Bratlie
Succeeded byIvar Lykke
Personal details
Born(1872-05-28)28 May 1872
Christiania, United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway
Died23 May 1923(1923-05-23) (aged 50)
Christiania, Norway
Political partyConservative
Kathrine Hofgaard
(m. 1899)

Otto Bahr Halvorsen (28 May 1872 – 23 May 1923) was a Norwegian lawyer and politician from the Conservative Party. He was the 14th prime minister of Norway from 1920 to 1921 and again in 1923 when he died in office.[1]


Halvorsen was born in Kristiania (now Oslo, Norway) to Otto Hellen Halvorsen (1840-1921) and Karine Christine Christiansen (1847-1927). He attended Kristiania Cathedral School. He studied law at the University of Kristiania where he completed his examen artium in 1890. As a licensed attorney, in 1904 he opened a law firm in Kristiania.[2]

Political career

In 1912 Halvorsen was first elected to the Storting from the neighborhood of Gamle Aker in the district of St. Hanshaugen in Kristiania. Halvorsen served Kristiania in the Parliament from the Conservative Party from 1913 to 1923. He became Prime Minister during 1920 while also serving as Minister of Justice. He again became Prime Minister in May 1923 while simultaneously serving as Minister of Justice. Between these terms, Halvorsen was leader of the Conservative Party in Parliament and President of the Storting (stortingspresident).[3] [4]

Personal life

In 1899, he was married to Kathrine Hofgaard (1875-1960), daughter of Simon Wright Hofgaard and Ida Mathilde Aars.[5]


  1. ^ "Otto Bahr Halvorsen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Rolf Danielsen Otto B Halvorsen (in Norwegian) Norsk biografisk leksikon. Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 11 April 2014
  3. ^ Jon Gisle. "stortingspresident". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Otto B. Halvorsen, Prime Minister 1920 - 1921 and 1923". Norwegian Government Administration Services. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Harald Kjølås. "Otto Bahr Halvorsen". Allkunne. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
Political offices Preceded byGunnar Knudsen Prime Minister of Norway 1920–1921 Succeeded byOtto Blehr Preceded byOtto Blehr Prime Minister of Norway 1923 Succeeded byAbraham Berge