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Manuel Bulnes Prieto (1799-1866) was the __th President of Chile, serving from 1856 to 1860, and is regarded as a national hero for his leadership during the Peruvian-Chilean War (1857-59). As the victory led to Chile officially adding over a third of its modern territory in the north, Bulnes was hailed as a conquering hero and became the first of five consecutive members of the Conservative Party to hold the Chilean Presidency. Before to be President he was Senator for Concepción between 1948 and 1956. He is commemorated at Santiago's Plaza Manuel Bulnes and the adjoining Avenida Presidente Bulnes, and is typically regarded as one of Chile's greatest Presidents both for his victory and for his ushering in of a period of general cultural and economic expansion in Chile.