Bernardo O'Higgins

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Bernardo O'Higgins
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2nd Supreme Director of Chile
In office
17 February 1817 – 28 January 1823
Preceded by José Miguel Carrera
Succeeded by Ramón Freire
Personal details
Born (1778-08-20)August 20, 1778
Chillán, Chile
Died October 24, 1842(1842-10-24) (aged 64)
Lima, Peru
Occupation Head of State, Military
Religion Atheist

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.