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Famous Male Blacksmiths

List of famous male blacksmiths, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male blacksmiths list contains the most prominent and top males known for being blacksmiths. There are thousand of males working as blacksmiths in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic blacksmiths have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a blacksmith then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list features Philip Simmons, William Blaik and more.

While this isn't a list of all male blacksmiths, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male blacksmiths?" and "Who are the best male blacksmiths?"

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    Thomas Davenport was a Vermont blacksmith who constructed the first American DC electric motor in 1834. Davenport was born in Williamstown, Vermont. He lived in Forest Dale, a village near the town of Brandon. As early as 1834, he developed a battery-powered electric motor. He used it to operate a small ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 49 (1802-1851)
    • Birthplace: Williamstown, Vermont, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Inventor
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    Tom Joyce

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    Tom Joyce is an artist, blacksmith, and designer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 1977 he has forged sculpture, architectural ironwork and public art for projects throughout the United States. Joyce infuses many of these works with meaning by incorporating inherited histories represented by the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 59
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    Alexander Winkler Bealer, III, known as Alex W. Bealer, was an old-time craftsman of wood working and blacksmithing from Atlanta, Georgia. He authored The Art of Blacksmithing Old Ways of Working Wood,The Tools That Built America, and The Successful Craftsman.. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1921-1980)
    • Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Author
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    George Vail was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1853 to 1857. His father Stephen Vail, and his brother Alfred Vail were the driving force behind the success of the Speedwell Iron Works. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 66 (1809-1875)
    • Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Judge, Politician, Manufacturing, Engineer
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    Aaron Kitchell was a blacksmith and politician from Hanover Township, New Jersey. He represented New Jersey in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. Born in Hanover, he attended the common schools and became a blacksmith. He was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 76 (1744-1820)
    • Birthplace: Hanover, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Politician
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    Philip Simmons was an American artisan and blacksmith specializing in the craft of ironwork. Simmons spent 78 years as a blacksmith, focusing on decorative iron work. When he began his career, blacksmiths in Charleston made practical, everyday household objects, such as horseshoes. By the time he ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 97 (1912-2009)
    • Birthplace: Daniel Island, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    John Salathé was a pioneering rock climber, blacksmith and the inventor of the modern piton. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 93 (1899-1992)
    • Birthplace: Switzerland
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Mountaineer, Rock Climber
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    Ben Lilly

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    Benjamin Vernon Lilly or Ben Lilly, nicknamed Ol' Lilly, was a notorious big game hunter, houndsman and mountain man of the late American Old West. He remains famous for hunting down large numbers of grizzly, cougars and black bears. A mix between a transcendentalist spirit and an ardent Christian, he ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 80 (1856-1936)
    • Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Big-game hunter, Blacksmith
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    Peter Madsen Peel

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    Peter Madsen Peel was a founder, first blacksmith, and civic leader of Mount Pleasant, Utah. A replica of his blacksmith shop is located next to the Relic Hall in Mt. Pleasant, including a working forge. Peel was born in Aakirkeby, Denmark, in 1820; he was married in 1846 to Christianna Folkman. In ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 80 (1820-1900)
    • Birthplace: Aakirkeby, Denmark
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    John Anderson

    John Anderson was the second Mayor of Christchurch in New Zealand 1868–1869, and a successful businessman. He had a close connection with three buildings that have later received Category I heritage registrations by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Two of these buildings were demolished following ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1820-1897)
    • Birthplace: Inveresk, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Blacksmith, Politician, Engineer
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    Alexander Hamilton Willard

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    Alexander Hamilton Willard was a blacksmith who joined the Lewis and Clark Expedition. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 88 (1777-1865)
    • Birthplace: Charlestown, New Hampshire, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    Simeon Wheelock

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    Simeon Wheelock was a blacksmith from Uxbridge, Massachusetts, who served as a minuteman in the Massachusetts militia during the battles of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary War. After the war he was killed while on militia duty protecting the Springfield Armory during Shays' ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 45 (1741-1786)
    • Birthplace: Mendon, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    John Joseph Madigan is an Australian politician. He was a member of the Democratic Labour Party, before resigning from the party and becoming an independent in September 2014. Madigan launched the John Madigan’s Manufacturing and Farming Party in 2015. He was elected to the Australian Senate with 2.3 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    Ilya Yákovlevich Brézhnev

    Ilya Yákovlevich Brézhnev was the father of Leonid Brezhnev. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    William Blaik

    William Blaik was the father of American football player Earl Blaik. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Blacksmith
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