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List of Famous Blacksmiths

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List of famous blacksmiths, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top blacksmiths in the world? This includes the most prominent blacksmiths, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable blacksmiths is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic blacksmiths 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 blacksmiths.

Items include everything from Thomas Davenport to Tom Joyce.

From reputable, prominent, and well known blacksmiths to the lesser known blacksmiths of today, these are some of the best professionals in the blacksmith field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous blacksmiths ever?" and "What are the names of famous blacksmiths?" then you're in the right place. 
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  • Aaron Kitchell (July 10, 1744 – June 25, 1820) 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 1781–1782, 1784, 1786–1790, 1793–1794, 1797, 1801–1804, and 1809. and was elected to the Second Congress (March 4, 1791 – March 3, 1793). He was elected to the Third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Abraham Clark and was reelected to the Fourth Congress, serving from January 29, 1795, to March 3, 1797. He resumed his former business...  more
    • John Salathé (June 14, 1899 – 1993) was an American pioneering rock climber, blacksmith, and the inventor of the modern piton. ...  more
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        Ben Lilly

        Benjamin Vernon Lilly or Ben Lilly (1856 – December 17, 1936), 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 is described as an unfathomable Southern wild character. He was a stern practitioner of simple living and outdoor freedom, roamed and hunted from Louisiana to Arizona and from Idaho to as far south as Chihuahua and Durango, Mexico, and was a subject of American folktales. He guided oiler W. H. McFadden and President Theodore Roosevelt in hunting expeditions, whom he...  more
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          Peter Madsen Peel

          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 1853–54, they emigrated to the United States, living first in Lehi, Utah, then moving to Sanpete County during the Utah War in 1858. Peel joined with others in founding Mt. Pleasant in 1859. In addition to being the first blacksmith in Mt. Pleasant, Peel was an investor in an early mill on First West, the first president of the Birch Creek Irrigation Company, and a leader in The Church of Jesus...  more