List of Famous Printers People

List of Famous Printers

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List of famous printers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top printers in the world? This includes the most prominent printers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable printers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic printers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned printers.

Items include everything from Benjamin Franklin to Orville Wright.

From reputable, prominent, and well known printers to the lesser known printers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the printer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous printers ever?" and "What are the names of famous printers?" then you're in the right place. (86 items)

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    Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1706-1790)
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat, Musician, + more
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    Orville Wright
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1871-1948)
    • Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Pilot trainer, Inventor, Printer, Aircraft designer
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    Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
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    Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville was a French printer and bookseller who lived in Paris. He invented the earliest known sound recording device, the phonautograph, which was patented in France on 25 March 1857.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1817-1879)
    • Birthplace: France
    • Profession: Librarian, Inventor, Printer
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    Wilbur Wright
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    Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912) was the older of the two Wright brothers (the other being Orville), two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1867-1912)
    • Birthplace: Millville, Liberty Township, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Pilot trainer, Inventor, Printer, Aircraft designer
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    Johannes Gutenberg
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    Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. His invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period. It played ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1398-1468)
    • Birthplace: Mainz, Eurasia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
    • Profession: Engraver, Inventor, Printer
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    Johanna Drucker is an author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, typography, visual poetry, art, and lately, digital aesthetics. She is currently the Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor in the Department of ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Author, Printer, Critic, Artist
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    Léo Ferré
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    Léo Ferré was a Monegasque French poet and composer, and a dynamic and controversial live performer, whose career in France dominated the years after the Second World War until his death. He released some forty albums over this period, composing the music and the majority of the lyrics. He released many ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1916-1993)
    • Birthplace: Monaco
    • Profession: Conductor, Singer-songwriter, Printer, Radio personality, Singer, + more
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    Samuel Richardson
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    Samuel Richardson was an 18th-century English writer and printer. He is best known for his three epistolary novels: Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded, Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady and The History of Sir Charles Grandison. Richardson was an established printer and publisher for most of his life and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1689-1761)
    • Birthplace: Mackworth, England
    • Profession: Publisher, Novelist, Printer, Writer
    • Credits: Jane Austen in Manhattan, Mistress Pamela
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    Agustín V. Zamorano
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    Agustín Vicente Zamorano, was a printer, soldier, and provisional Mexican Governor of Alta California.more

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1798-1842)
    • Birthplace: Spanish Florida
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier, Printer, Civil servant
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    William Jasper Blackburn was an American printer, publisher and politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from northwestern Louisiana from July 18, 1868, to March 3, 1869. A Republican during Reconstruction, he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate, serving from 1874 to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1820-1899)
    • Birthplace: Arkansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Newspaper, Printer
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    Cully Alton Cobb, Sr., was an agricultural pioneer, educator, printer, journalist, and philanthropist in the American South who with his second wife, Lois Dowdle Cobb, co-founded the Cobb Institute of Archaeology on the campus of Mississippi State University at Starkville, Mississippi.more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1884-1975)
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Printer, Teacher
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    John Marvin Hunter was an author, historian, journalist, and printer who founded the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera, Texas. The museum, which contains about 40,000 artifacts of the American West, opened in 1933, It is named for Hunter's Frontier Times magazine, which was first published in 1923.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1880-1957)
    • Birthplace: Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Historian, Printer
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    William Blades

    William Blades
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    William Blades, English printer and bibliographer, was born at Clapham, London.more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1824-1890)
    • Birthplace: Clapham, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Bibliographer, Printer
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    James Bede
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    James Adam Bede was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota. Born on a farm in Eaton Township, Lorain County, Ohio, he attended the public schools of Ohio, Oberlin College, and Tabor College in Tabor, Iowa, and read law while learning the printing trade. He taught school in Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas; editor ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1856-1942)
    • Birthplace: Eaton Township, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Printer, Teacher
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    Theodore Low De Vinne

    Theodore Low De Vinne
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    Theodore Low De Vinne was an American printer and scholarly author on typography. De Vinne did much for the improvement of American printing.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1828-1914)
    • Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Printer
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    Washington Bartlett
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    Washington Montgomery Bartlett was the 20th mayor of San Francisco, California from 1883 to 1887, the 16th governor of California, and–to date–the only California governor that was Jewish.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1824-1887)
    • Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, USA
    • Profession: Politician, Printer, Lawyer
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    David Atwood
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    David Atwood was a nineteenth-century politician, publisher, editor and printer from Wisconsin. Born in Bedford, New Hampshire, Atwood attended the public schools as a child. He moved Hamilton, New York in 1832 where he was apprenticed as a printer and later became publisher of the Hamilton Palladium.more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1815-1899)
    • Birthplace: Bedford, New Hampshire, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Politician, Editing, Printer
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    Leo Alcide Kerouac was a writer.more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1889-1946)
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Printer, Typesetting
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    Benjamin Leopold Farjeon was a British novelist, playwright, printer and journalist. As an author, he was known for his huge output.more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1838-1903)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Author, Printer, Writer, + more
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    Francis W. Palmer

    Francis W. Palmer
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    Francis Wayland Palmer was a nineteenth-century politician, publisher, printer, editor and proprietor from New York, Iowa and Illinois.more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1827-1907)
    • Birthplace: North Manchester, Chester Township, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Politician, Editing, Printer
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