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Jens Bratlie
Prime Minister of Norway
In office
20 February 1912 – 31 January 1913
Monarch Haakon VII
Preceded by Wollert Konow
Succeeded by Gunnar Knudsen
President of the Storting
In office
1 January 1910 – 20 February 1912
Served with Magnus Halvorsen and Wollert Konow
Monarch Haakon VII
Prime Minister Gunnar Knudsen
Wollert Konow
Preceded by Edvard A. Liljedahl
Gunnar Knudsen
Carl Berner
Succeeded by Jørgen Løvland
Søren Tobias Årstad
Gunnar Knudsen
Minister of Defence
In office
20 February 1912 – 31 January 1913
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Karl Bull
Succeeded by Hans Vilhelm Keilhau
Minister of Auditing
In office
20 February 1912 – 31 January 1913
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Wollert Konow
Succeeded by Gunnar Knudsen
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
1911–1919
Preceded by Fredrik Stang
Succeeded by Otto B. Halvorsen
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 January 1901 – 31 December 1912
Constituency Uranienborg
In office
1 January 1916 – 31 December 1918
Constituency Uranienborg
Personal details
Born
Jens Kristian Meninich Bratlie

(1856-01-17)17 January 1856
Nordre Land, United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway
Died 15 September 1939(1939-09-15) (aged 83)
Oslo, Norway
Resting place Vår Frelsers Gravlund
Political party Conservative
Other political
affiliations
National Legion
Residence Utøya
Alma mater The Royal Frederick University
Awards St. Olavs Orden stripe.svgOrder of St. Olav
SWE Order of Vasa - Knight 2nd Class BAR.png Order of Vasa
DNK Order of Danebrog Commander 1st Degree BAR.png Order of the Dannebrog
SVE Svärdsorden BAR.svg Order of the Sword
Military service
Allegiance  Norway
Branch/service Norwegian army coat of arms.svg Norwegian Army
Years of service 1873–1929
Rank NOR OF7.png Major General

Jens Kristian Meinich Bratlie (17 January 1856 – 15 September 1939) was a Norwegian attorney and military officer. He served as an elected official representing the Conservative Party. He was Prime Minister of Norway from 1912 to 1913.

Biography

Jens Bratlie was born at Nordre Land in Oppland, Norway. Bratlie came from a family of leading businessmen and civil servant. He was the son of Erik Bratlie (1814-1890) and wife Bolette Sofie Meinich (1821-1870). Following the death of his mother, he was adopted by the industrialist Jørgen Meinich.

Bratlie graduated from the Military High School in 1880 and was trained as an army officer (eventually rising to the level of Major General). He also earned a law degree allowing him to work as a high-ranking civil servant (1886). He served several years as expedition secretary in the Department of Defense. He became Captain (1893), General Commission Commissioner (1898) and General Attorney for the Armenian Judiciary from 1906.

Bratlie held several offices such as leader of the Conservative Party (1910–11) and president of the Storting (1910–12). He was in the Storting representing Kristiania (now Oslo) 1900-12 and 1916–18. He served as Norwegian Minister of Defence and Minister of Auditing from 1912 to 1913.

In the 1927 Norwegian parliamentary election he was the fourth ballot candidate for the party National Legion, behind Karl Meyer, Frøis Frøisland and Thorvald Aadahl. In a press release, the National Legion (led by Meyer) stated that it had cherry picked "strong" personalities to combat the hardships in Norwegian politics. Frøisland denounced the ballot in an Aftenposten piece, stating that himself, Aadahl and Bratlie was unwilling and unaware of the nomination. He stated that a vote for the National Legion would be a wasted vote in the struggle against the "communists". However, according to Norwegian election law the people who were listed on the ballot had no legal grounds to avoid being nominated.

He served as chairman of the Conservative Party from 1911 to 1919. Following his death in 1939, his interment was at Vår Frelsers gravlund.

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