Carl Johan Thyselius

Carl Johan Thyselius
3rd Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
13 June 1883  16 May 1884
(338 days)
Monarch Oscar II
Preceded by Arvid Posse
Succeeded by Robert Themptander
Personal details
Born (1811-06-08)8 June 1811
Österhaninge, Södermanland
Died 11 January 1891(1891-01-11) (aged 79)
Political party Independent conservative
Spouse(s) Charlotta Melart
Alma mater Uppsala University

Carl Johan Thyselius (8 June 1811 11 January 1891) was a politician, state official (Swedish: ämbetsman), Justice Councillor (Swedish: justitieråd) 1856-60, "Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs" (comparable to Minister of Education, Swedish: ecklesiastikminister) 1860-63, Minister for Civil Affairs (responsible for trade, industry and ship transport; Swedish: civilminister) 1875-80, and served as Prime Minister from 1883 to 1884.[1]

At the age of 72 years and 5 days, Thyselius is the oldest person to become Prime Minister in Swedish history. In 1848 he married Charlotta Melart with whom he had a daughter.


Carl Johan Thyselius was born in Österhaninge, Södermanlands län, as the son of the vicar and future bishop Pehr Thyselius and Christina Margareta Bergsten.

Typical for his time, after an education in administration at Uppsala University, he combined a successful career in high-level official positions with major political assignments. He was, among other things, Justice Councillor to the Supreme Court (Supreme Court Justice) 1856-1860, Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs 1860-1863, president of the Kammarkollegium 1864-1875 and Minister for Civil Affairs 1875-1880. After Arvid Posse's resignation 1883 Thyselius reluctantly became Prime Minister on the request of Oscar II for one year.

He died on 11 January 1891 in Stockholm.


Thyselius was Sweden's first prime minister not descended from the nobility. He was furthermore the oldest at that time, being 72 years old upon accession.

See also


  1. "Sweden" (in Swedish). World Statesmen. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Arvid Posse
Prime Minister of Sweden
13 June 188316 May 1884
Succeeded by
Robert Themptander
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