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List of Famous Merchants

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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.

Items include everything from Moses Alexander to Julius L. Meier.

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. 
  • John Brown I (January 27, 1736 – September 20, 1803) was an American merchant, slave trader, and statesman from Providence, Rhode Island. Together with his brothers Nicholas, Joseph and Moses, John...  more
  • François Blais may refer to: François Blais (Member of Parliament), a member of the Canadian House of Commons in the 1930s, François Blais (MNA), a provincial legislator in Quebec in the 2010s....  more
  • Philip Livingston (January 15, 1716 - June 12, 1778) was an American merchant and statesman from New York City. He represented New York at the October 1774 First Continental Congress, where he...  more
  • Andrew Williams (August 27, 1828 – October 6, 1907) was an America politician, manufacturer, merchant and miner from the State of New York. Born in Ormstown, Quebec, Canada, Williams received a...  more
  • Thomas Arkell (10 November 1823 - 2 February 1906) was a Canadian politician, farmer and grain merchant. He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1878 as a Member of the...  more
  • Dorence Atwater (February 3, 1845 – November 26, 1910) was a Union Army soldier, merchant, entrepreneur, and United States Consul to Tahiti. He was born and raised in Terryville, Connecticut, the...  more
  • David Hazzard (May 18, 1781 – July 8, 1864) was an American merchant and politician from Milton, in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic-Republican Party, then the National...  more
  • William Lassell, (18 June 1799 – 5 October 1880) was an English merchant and astronomer. He is remembered for his improvements to the reflecting telescope and his ensuing discoveries of four...  more
  • William Johnson Stone (June 26, 1841 – March 12, 1923) was a US Representative from Kentucky....  more
  • Sir William Dunn, 1st Baronet, (22 September 1833 – 31 March 1912), was a London banker, merchant and philanthropist, Liberal Member of Parliament for Paisley (1891–1906), and from before 1896...  more
  • Sava Tekelija (Serbian Cyrillic: Сава Текелија; Hungarian: Száva Thököly, 1761–1842) was among the first Serbs to have defended a doctoral thesis in jurisprudence (doctor of law), and in particular...  more
  • James Lloyd (December 1769 – April 5, 1831) was a merchant, businessman and Federalist party politician from Massachusetts during the early years of the United States. He twice served as United...  more
  • John Slidell (1793 – July 9, 1871) 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 slavery as a...  more
  • Charles-Séraphin Rodier (4 October 1797 – 4 February 1876) was a Canadian merchant, lawyer, mayor of Montreal and legislative councillor of Quebec. Born in Montreal, Lower Canada, the son of...  more
  • Donald Buchanan Blue (May 6, 1901 – December 4, 1974) was a Canadian politician, auctioneer, farmer and merchant. He was born in Huron Township, Ontario, Canada. He was elected to the House of...  more
  • Jacques l'Hermite (c. 1582 – June 2, 1624), 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...  more
  • Benjamin Goodhue (September 20, 1748 – July 28, 1814) was a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts. He supported the Patriot during the American Revolution, and was a strong member of the...  more
  • Gustav Christian Schwabe (10 May 1813 – 10 January 1897) 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...  more
  • George Cabot (December 3, 1752 – April 18, 1823) was an American merchant, seaman, and politician from Boston. He represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate and as the Presiding Officer of the...  more
  • James Frank Allee (December 2, 1857 – October 12, 1938) was an American merchant and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party who served in the...  more
  • Benning Wentworth Jenness (July 14, 1806 – November 16, 1879) was a United States Senator from New Hampshire. Born in Deerfield, he attended Bradford Academy, Massachusetts and engaged in mercantile...  more
  • Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman (7 September 1836 – 22 April 1908) was a British statesman and Liberal politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1905 to 1908 and Leader of the...  more
  • Benjamin Stoddert (1744 – December 18, 1813) was the first United States Secretary of the Navy from May 1, 1798, to March 31, 1801. ...  more
  • Isaac Lee "Ike" Patterson, (September 17, 1859 – December 21, 1929) was the 18th Governor of Oregon from 1927 to 1929. An Oregon native, he served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly from 1918 to...  more
  • Thomas Whitehead (December 27, 1825 – July 1, 1901) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer, editor and merchant from Virginia....  more