Prince Otto von Bismarck, Pruso-German statesman, c 1870s.
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Carte de visite photograph taken by Numa Blanc. Otto Edward Leopold von Bismarck (1815-1898) became the Prusian prime minister in 1862. Victory against the Austrians in 1866 led to the reorganisation of Germany under the leadership of Prusia. During this time Bismarck was an influential figure, who went on to further unify German feeling during the Franco-Prusian war (1870-1871), and from being universally disliked became highly popular and the first Chancellor of the German Empire.