Conrad von Reventlow

Conrad, Count of Reventlow
Spouse(s) Anna Margrethe Gabel
Sophie Amalie von Hahn


Noble family Reventlow
Father Ditlev Reventlow
Mother Christine Rantzau
Born 21 April 1644
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 21 July 1708
Clausholm estate, Denmark
Buried Schleswig Cathedral, Germany

Conrad, Count von Reventlow (April 21, 1644 – July 21, 1708) was a Danish statesman and the first "Grand Chancellor of Denmark" (Danish: Danmarks storkansler), a predecessor title of the Prime Minister of Denmark, from 1699 until his death. His chancellorship occurred during the reign of King Frederick IV.

Military career

After attending university, Reventlow was called to the Danish Court in 1665, where he rose through various positions of responsibility. In the 1670s, he became a colonel in the Danish military. He recruited a regiment and distinguished himself in the prevailing intra-Scandinavian warfare of the day.[1]

In 1700, Reventlow was deeply involved in the negotiations for peace with Sweden during that country's naval blockade of Copenhagen, an early event in the Great Northern War. Both France and the United Kingdom dealt extensively with Reventlow in their efforts to pressure Denmark to declare peace, in order to prevent a wider war from spreading into Europe.[2]

Councillor and Grand Chancellor

In 1685, Reventlow used his influence as a councillor to the court on behalf of privateer Benjamin Raule, to promote Danish acquisition of the island of St. Thomas in the West Indies.[3]


He married twice; with his first wife, Anna Margarethe Gabel (1651-1678), he had:

With his second wife, Sophie Amalie Hahn (1664-1722), he had:

His sarcophagus in the Schleswig Cathedral (Schleswiger Dom) was designed by the renowned sculptor Thomas Quellinus.

Political offices
Preceded by
Grand Chancellor of Denmark
1699 – 1708
Succeeded by
Christian Christophersen Sehested



  1. Kannegaard and Skeel Family Tree of Greve Conrad Reventlow.
  2. Sir George Rook in Oscar Browning, ed., Publications of the Navy Records Society, Vol. IX, (1898 [1700-02]) p. 100.
  3. Waldemar Westergaard, The Danish West Indies Under Company Rule (1671-1754) (1917), p. 76.

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