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Bernardo O'Higgins

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Date of birthAugust 20, 1778
Place of birthChillán, Chile
Date of deathOctober 24, 1842(age 64)
Place of deathLima, Peru
OccupationHead of State, Military
2nd Supreme Director of Chile
In officeFebruary 17, 1817 - January 28, 1823
Succeeded byRamón Freire
Preceded byJosé Miguel Carrera

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Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme (-esberˈnarðo oˈxiɣinslang; 1778 1842) was a Chilean independence leader who, together with José de San Martín, freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. Although he was the second Supreme Director of Chile (1817 - 1823), he is considered one of Chile's founding fathers, as he was the first holder of this title to head a fully independent Chilean state. O'Higgins was of Irish and Basque descent.

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