Chancellor of Germany from 1871 to 1890 who unified most of the German states into one German Empire under Prussian leadership. He was known across the world as the "Iron Chancellor" and he was able to create a balance of power that preserved peace in Europe until 1914.
He provoked wars with neighboring Austria and unified the smaller Germanic states to make the country the shape it is today.
In his youth, he often quoted William Shakespeare.
He was a reckless, eccentric youth who finally had to return home after the death of his mother.
He married noblewoman Johanna von Puttkamer in July 1847; the couple had three children together.