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Vilhelm Herman Oluf Madsen (1844–1917), was a Danish politician, minister, army officer, businessman and inventor.

He began his military career in 1859 and served in the Second War of Schleswig as a lieutenant. In 1896, at the rank of captain, Madsen was responsible for development of the Madsen machine gun, which was adopted by the Danish army in 1902 and widely exported.

As War Minister of Denmark in the Cabinet of Deuntzer from 1901 to 1905 he supported the Fortification of Copenhagen and this contributed to the conflict that led to the split of the Venstre Reform Party as the left wing of the party left the party in protest to form the Radikale Venstre.

He became a general in 1903 and was elected to the Folketing in 1909. He was interested in mathematics and was the president of Danish Mathematical Society from 1903 to 1910.

Political offices
Preceded by
Johan Gustav Frederik Schnack
War Minister of Denmark
24 July 1901 – 14 January 1905
Succeeded by
Office abolished
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Vilhelm Herman Oluf Madsen (1844–1917), was a Danish politician, minister, army officer, businessman and inventor.

He began his military career in 1859 and served in the Second War of Schleswig as a lieutenant. In 1896, at the rank of captain, Madsen was responsible for the adoption of the Madsen machine gun by the Danish army in 1902 and widely exported. He also constructed the Madsen 20 mm anti-aircraft cannon.

As War Minister of Denmark in the Cabinet of Deuntzer from 1901 to 1905 he supported the Fortification of Copenhagen and this contributed to the conflict that led to the split of the Venstre Reform Party as the left wing of the party left the party in protest to form the Radikale Venstre.

He became a general in 1903 and was elected to the Folketing in 1909. He was interested in mathematics and was the president of Danish Mathematical Society from 1903 to 1910.

Political offices
Preceded by
Johan Gustav Frederik Schnack
War Minister of Denmark
24 July 1901 – 14 January 1905
Succeeded by
Office abolished
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