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

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

Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Muhammad Muhammad, full name Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim, from Mecca, unified Arabia into a single religious polity under Islam. Believed by Muslims and ...more

Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Marco Polo Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde, a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned the mercantile ...more

William Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William Jackson William Jackson was a figure in the American Revolution, most noteworthy as the secretary to the United States Constitutional Convention. He also served with distinction in the Continental Army ...more

John Woolman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Woolman John Woolman was a North American merchant, tailor, journalist, and itinerant Quaker preacher, and an early abolitionist in the colonial era. Based in Mount Holly, New Jersey, near Philadelphia, ...more

John Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Fox John Fox was an American mechanic, merchant and politician from New York.

Henry Laurens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Henry Laurens Henry Laurens was an American merchant and rice planter from South Carolina who became a political leader during the Revolutionary War. A delegate to the Second Continental Congress, Laurens ...more

James Underwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Merchants
James Underwood James Underwood was a British-Australian shipbuilder, distiller and merchant.

Isaac Allerton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Isaac Allerton, Jr. Isaac Allerton, Jr. was a colonel, merchant, and trader in colonial America. He was first in business with his father in New England, and after his father's death, in Virginia. He was a burgess ...more

William A. Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William A. Clark William Andrews Clark, Sr. was an American politician and entrepreneur, involved with mining, banking, and railroads.

Lawrence Brainerd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Lawrence Brainerd Lawrence Brainerd was a businessman, abolitionist and United States Senator from Vermont. He was the father of Ann Eliza Brainerd Smith and the father-in-law of Vermont Governor J. Gregory Smith ...more

John Jacob Astor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Jacob Astor John Jacob Astor, born Johann Jakob Astor, was a German-born American businessman, merchant, fur trader, and investor who was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first ...more

Giosafat Barbaro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Giosafat Barbaro Giosafat Barbaro was a member of the Venetian Barbaro family. He was a diplomat, merchant, explorer and travel writer. He was unusually well-travelled for someone of his times.

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Samuel Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Samuel Smith Samuel Smith was a United States Senator and Representative from Maryland, a mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, and a general in the Maryland militia. He was the brother of cabinet secretary Robert

Amerigo Vespucci is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Amerigo Vespucci Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia's eastern outskirts as initially ...more

William Cooley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William Cooley William Cooley was one of the first American settlers, and a regional leader, in what is now known as Broward County, in the US state of Florida. His family was killed by Seminoles in 1836, ...more

Thomas Mifflin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Thomas Mifflin Thomas Mifflin was an American merchant and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a major general in the Continental Army and the 1st and 3rd Quartermaster General during the ...more

Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad Shírází is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad Shírází Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad Shírází was the founder of Bábism, and one of three central figures of the Bahá'í Faith. He was a merchant from Shiraz, ...more

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John Bell Hood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Bell Hood John Bell Hood was a Confederate general during the American Civil War. Hood had a reputation for bravery and aggressiveness that sometimes bordered on recklessness. Arguably one of the best ...more

John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Lynch John Lynch was a nineteenth-century politician, merchant, manufacturer and newspaper publisher from Maine. Born in Portland, Maine, Lynch attended public schools as a child and graduated from ...more

Christopher William Bunting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Christopher William Bunting Christopher William Bunting was an Irish-born politician, merchant, newspaper owner and newspaper publisher. Born in Amigan, Limerick, Ireland, he was the son of William Bunting and Jane Crowe ...more

Steven Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Steven Spurrier Steven Spurrier is a British wine expert and former merchant in Paris, France, who has been described as a champion of French wine. Spurrier organized the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, which ...more

Collis Potter Huntington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Collis Potter Huntington Collis Potter Huntington was one of the Big Four of western railroading who built the Central Pacific Railroad as part of the first U.S. transcontinental railroad. Huntington then helped lead ...more

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David R. Francis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Merchants
David R. Francis David Rowland Francis was an American politician. He served in various positions including Mayor of Saint Louis, the 27th Governor of Missouri, and United States Secretary of the Interior. He ...more

William Albert Boucher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William Albert Boucher William Albert Boucher was a Métis politician, farmer and merchant. He was born in St. Louis in what is now Saskatchewan but was, at the time, part of the North West Territories. His ...more

Richard Waldron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Richard Waldron Richard Waldron was a major opponent of the Wentworth oligarchy in colonial New Hampshire. He supported a continued political subordination of New Hampshire to Massachusetts and opposed moves to ...more

John Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Brown John Brown I was an American merchant, slave trader, and statesman from Providence, Rhode Island. Together with his brothers Nicholas, Joseph and Moses, John was instrumental in founding Brown ...more

François Blais is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Merchants
François Blais François Frank Blais was a Canadian politician, contractor, farmer, lumber merchant. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1935 election as an Independent Liberal to ...more

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Philip Livingston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Philip Livingston Philip Livingston was an American merchant and statesman from New York City. He was a delegate for New York to the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778, and signed the Declaration of

Andrew Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Andrew Williams Andrew Williams was a nineteenth-century politician, manufacturer, merchant and miner from New York. Born in Ormstown, Quebec, Canada, Williams received a limited schooling as a child and later ...more

Thomas Arkell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Thomas Arkell Thomas Arkell was a Canadian politician, farmer and grain merchant. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1878 as a Member of the Liberal-Conservative Party to represent the riding ...more

Dorence Atwater is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Dorence Atwater Dorence Atwater was a Union Army soldier, merchant, entrepreneur, and United States Consul to Tahiti. He was born and raised in Terryville, Connecticut, the third child of Henry Atwater and ...more

David Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Merchants
David Hazzard David Hazzard was an American merchant and politician from Milton, in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic-Republican Party, then the National Republican Party, and finally ...more

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William Lassell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William Lassell William Lassell FRS was an English merchant and astronomer. Born in Bolton, a town west of Manchester, and educated in Rochdale. After the death of his father, he was apprenticed from 1814 to ...more

William Johnson Stone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William Johnson Stone William Johnson Stone was an US Representative from Kentucky. He was born in Kuttawa, Caldwell County, Kentucky on June 26, 1841. He attended the common schools and Q.M. Tyler's Collegiate ...more

Sir William Dunn, 1st Baronet,... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Sir William Dunn, 1st Baronet, of Lakenheath Sir William Dunn, 1st Baronet, of Lakenheath, MP, JP, FRGS, was a London banker, merchant and philanthropist, Liberal Member of Parliament for Paisley, and from before 1896 until the outbreak of ...more

Sava Tekelija is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Sava Tekelija Sava Tekelija was the first Serb doctor of law, president of the Matica srpska, philanthropist, noble, and merchant. Tekelija founded in Budapest the Tekelijanum in 1838 for Serb students ...more

James Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Merchants
James Lloyd James Lloyd was a Federalist United States Senator from Massachusetts during the early years of the United States.

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John Slidell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Slidell John Slidell was an American politician, lawyer and businessman. A native of New York, Slidell moved to Louisiana as a young man and became a staunch defender of southern rights as a U.S. ...more

Charles-Séraphin Rodier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Charles-Séraphin Rodier Charles-Séraphin Rodier was a Canadian merchant, lawyer, mayor of Montreal and legislative councillor of Quebec. Born in Montreal, Lower Canada, the son of Jean-Baptiste Rodier and ...more

Donald Buchanan Blue is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Donald Buchanan Blue Donald Buchanan Blue was a Canadian politician, auctioneer, farmer and merchant. He was born in Huron Township, Ontario, Canada. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1949 ...more

Jacques l'Hermite is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Jacques l'Hermite Jacques l'Hermite, sometimes also known as Jacques le Clerq, was a Dutch merchant, explorer and admiral known for his journey around the globe with the Nassau Fleet and for his blockade and raid ...more

Benjamin Goodhue is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Benjamin Goodhue Benjamin Goodhue was a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts. Goodhue was born in Salem, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard College in 1766. He worked as a merchant and became a ...more

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Gustav Christian Schwabe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Gustav Christian Schwabe Gustav Christian Schwabe was a German-born merchant and financier who funded companies such as John Bibby & Sons, Harland and Wolff and the White Star Line. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Schwabe ...more

George Cabot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Merchants
George Cabot George Cabot was an American merchant, seaman, and politician from Boston. He represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate and as the Presiding Officer of the Hartford Convention. In 1789, ...more

J. Frank Allee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Merchants
J. Frank Allee James Frank Allee was an American merchant and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as U.S. ...more

Benning W. Jenness is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Benning W. Jenness Benning Wentworth Jenness was a United States Senator from New Hampshire. Born in Deerfield, he attended Bradford Academy, Massachusetts and engaged in mercantile pursuits in Strafford, New ...more

Henry Campbell-Bannerman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Henry Campbell-Bannerman Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, GCB was a British Liberal Party politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1905 to 1908 and Leader of the Liberal Party from 1899 to 1908. ...more

Benjamin Stoddert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Benjamin Stoddert Benjamin Stoddert was the first United States Secretary of the Navy from May 1, 1798 to March 31, 1801.

I. L. Patterson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Merchants
I. L. Patterson Isaac Lee "Ike" Patterson, was the 18th Governor of Oregon from 1927 to 1929. An Oregon native, he served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly from 1918 to 1922, and was a farmer in the ...more

Thomas Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Thomas Whitehead Thomas Whitehead was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer, editor and merchant from Virginia.