Stauning, Thorvald

Thorvald Stauning (1873-1942) was a Danish Social Democratic politician and prime minister. He is known for the catch-phrase: 'Stauning or Chaos'.

Thorvald Stauning had an underprivileged upbringing, but still managed to acquire a very basic level of education.

Early in his life, Stauning became interested in the political agenda of the worker's movement. He was elected to Parliament in 1906, in 1910 he became leader of the Social Democratic Party, and finally in 1924, he became Prime Minister. He was the leader of the first Social Democratic government.

In the 1930's, Stauning made a mark for himself politically. Amongst other actions, he was instrumental in crafting a large scale social reform. During Stauning's leadership, the Social Democratic Party was transformed from being the party of the working class to a party of the people, and he was behind the famous election-slogan from 1935 "Stauning or Chaos". Stauning resigned as party chairman in 1939.

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