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Count C.D.F. Reventlow

Count C.D.F Reventlow (1748-1827) and his brother Johan Ludvig (1751-1801) were some of the main protagonists behind the coup in 1784.

He served as Chief of the Exchequer between 1784 and 1813, and turned the department into the central office of administration and legislation for internal economic affairs.

C.D.F. Reventlow had an enormous influence on Danish society in the 19th and 20th centuries through the laws and administrative practices he introduced.

He was behind the Great Land Commission in 1786 which introduced the laws on tenure in 1787, and the laws on the abolition of adscription in 1788.

He was the driving force behind the agricultural legislation at the end of the 18th century. He also wrote the revolutionary Road Act of 1793, as well as the Forest Reserve Act of 1805 which still forms the basis for all Danish legislation on forests and woodland. He was also involved with the Education Act of 1814.

Claus Bjørn, Gyldendal Leksikon

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