Otto von Bismarck

1815 - 1898

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Otto, Prince of Bismarck, Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen, Duke of Lauenburg (German: Otto, Fürst von Bismarck, Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen, Herzog zu Lauenburg, pronounced [ˈɔtoː fɔn ˈbɪsmaʁk] ; 1 April 1815 – 30 July 1898; born Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck) was a Prussian statesman and diplomat who oversaw the unification of Germany. Bismarck's Realpolitik and firm governance resulted in him being popularly known as the Iron Chancellor (German: Eiserne Kanzler). From Junker landowner origins, Bismarck rose rapidly in Prussian politics under King Wilhelm I of Prussia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto von Bismarck has received more than 11,567,986 page views. His biography is available in 150 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 142 in 2019). Otto von Bismarck is the 20th most popular politician (up from 22nd in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Germany and the 3rd most popular German Politician.

Otto von Bismarck was the Chancellor of Germany from 1871 to 1890. He is most famous for unifying Germany and establishing the Second Reich.

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Among politicians, Otto von Bismarck ranks 20 out of 19,576Before him are Richard Nixon, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Cleopatra, David, Henry Kissinger, and Commodus. After him are Andrew Jackson, Elizabeth I of England, Vladimir Putin, Louis XVI of France, Benito Mussolini, and Hammurabi.

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Among people born in 1815, Otto von Bismarck ranks 1After him are John Bosco, Ada Lovelace, George Boole, Karl Weierstrass, Otto of Greece, Louis-Jules Trochu, Adolph Menzel, Johann Jakob Bachofen, Ildefons Cerdà, Thomas Couture, and Julia Margaret Cameron. Among people deceased in 1898, Otto von Bismarck ranks 1After him are Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Lewis Carroll, Stéphane Mallarmé, Gustave Moreau, Charbel Makhlouf, Eugène Boudin, Ivan Shishkin, Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Johann Jakob Balmer, Charles Garnier, and Ferdinand Cohn.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Otto von Bismarck ranks 12 out of 7,253Before him are Karl Marx (1818), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Henry Kissinger (1923), and Friedrich Nietzsche (1844). After him are Johannes Kepler (1571), Albrecht Dürer (1471), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Richard Wagner (1813), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), and Peter Paul Rubens (1577).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Otto von Bismarck ranks 3Before him are Charlemagne (748), and Henry Kissinger (1923). After him are Frederick the Great (1712), Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Angela Merkel (1954), Hermann Göring (1893), Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), William I, German Emperor (1797), Klemens von Metternich (1773), and Joseph Goebbels (1897).