Fredrik Vilhelm Thorsson

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Fredrik Vilhelm Thorsson
Minister of Commerce and Industry
In office
1 July 1920 – 27 October 1920
Prime MinisterHjalmar Branting
Preceded byPost created
Succeeded byGösta Malm
Personal details
Born30 May 1865
Stora Köpinge socken, Malmöhus County
Died5 May 1925(1925-05-05) (aged 59)
Political partySocial Democrats

Fredrik Vilhelm Thorsson (30 May 1865 – 5 May 1925) was a

Minister of Commerce and Industry
in 1920.


Fredrik Vilhelm Thorsson came from humble working conditions. He was the son of shoemaker Nils Thorsson Viktor and Amalia Charlotta Pihlström. At the age of nine, he became an orphan, and was looked after by the parish officers and sold at child auction, where they offered children at sale.[1] That he would follow in his father's footsteps and be trained to cobbler was obvious; his journeyman he undertook, inter alia, in Copenhagen when he received a journeyman's certificate in Ystad. As a shoemaker, he worked in Stockholm, Uppsala and Sundsvall. In doing so, he began to agitate for improved conditions for the workers. Then he became known as a prominent figure of the Scanian Socialists, he boycotted by several employers and returned to his home town, Ystad, where he opened a shoemaker with his partner Anders Nordstrand.

Political career

In 1889, Thorsson was employed by the Social Democratic Party in southern Sweden as an agitator, and proved to be quite talented. In 1897 he campaigned against C. G. Ekman, which resulted in several trade unions affiliating themselves with the social democratic movement.

Thorsson was elected to the

Swedish National Bank and re-elected in 1917. In 1918, he became Minister for Finance in Nils Edén's cabinet, a coalition between Liberals and Social Democrats, when Hjalmar Branting
had resigned as Minister for Finance. He then implemented a budget reform and drafted proposals for council tax reforms.

In March 1920, the coalition government was dissolved when Thorsson could not agree with the Liberals in the government on municipal taxes. In

Branting's second cabinet in 1921. The cabinet dissolved itself in April 1923, when the Upper House
would not accept a proposal regarding unemployment support.

Thorsson again became Minister for Finance in

Branting's third cabinet in October 1924. When Branting died in February 1925, Thorsson was, according to some sources[who?] elected chairman of the Social Democratic party, but he was not officially recognised as such before falling ill and dying in May of that year. Ernst Wigforss in his memoirs states that Thorsson firmly believed that Rickard Sandler, who had served as prime minister since Branting fell ill in January, was the most suitable candidate for party chairman. Thorsson was succeeded as finance minister by Ernst Wigforss, and Per Albin Hansson
became party chairman.


Fredrik Ström wrote an account of Thorsson in the small volume Skomakaren, som blev kungens skattmästare, which was printed the year after Ström's death.

In Ystad, a bust of Thorsson was later set up in the city.



  1. ^ "[[Yvonne Hirdman]], Jenny Björkman, Urban Lundberg, Dick Harrison: "Sveriges historia 1920–1965"". Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-05-27.

Printed sources

  • Ström, Fredrik (1949). Skomakaren som blev kungens skattmästare: F. V. Thorsson. Deras liv blev bragd, 99-2921440-2 ; 19 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Sv. missionsförb. 1458905.
  • Wigforss, Ernst (1950–1954). Minnen (in Swedish). Stockholm: Tiden. 452589.
  • Dahl Torsten, Bohman Nils, ed. (1954). Svenska män och kvinnor: biografisk uppslagsbok. 7, Sibylla-Tjällgren (in Swedish). Stockholm: Bonnier. 53806.

Further reading

  • Tidman, Yngve (1988). "Skomagarepågen som blev rikshushållare". Ystadiana (in Swedish). 1988: 141–161 : fotogr. 9168058.
  • Uhlén, Axel (1996). "Fredrik Vilhelm Thorsson: skomakare, parkföreståndare, riksskattmästare". Notiser från Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap (in Swedish). Stockholm : Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällsk., 1996: 192–198. 2245191.
  • Vennerström, Ivar (1926). F.V. Thorsson: en minnesskrift (in Swedish). Stockholm: Tiden. 8074846.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Finance
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Office established
Minister of Commerce and Industry

Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Finance
Succeeded by
Jacob Beskow
Preceded by
Jacob Beskow
Minister for Finance
Succeeded by