Bernardo O'Higgins

Chilean independence leader (1778-1842)

Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme (1778–1842) was a Chilean independence leader. Along with José de San Martín, he is credited with liberating Chile from Spanish rule. Although he was the second Supreme Director of Chile (1817–1823), he is considered one of Chile's founding fathers. He was also the first leader of a fully independent Chilean state.

Bernardo O'Higgins
2nd Supreme Director of Chile
In office
17 February 1817 – 28 January 1823
Preceded byJosé Miguel Carrera
Succeeded byRamón Freire
Personal details
Born(1778-08-20)August 20, 1778
Chillán, Chile
DiedOctober 24, 1842(1842-10-24) (aged 64)
Lima, Peru
OccupationHead of State, Military