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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)
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Printers
Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, ...more

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Orville Wright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Printers
Orville Wright

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Édouard-Lé... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Printers
Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (25 April 1817 – 26 April 1879) was a French printer, bookseller and inventor who lived in Paris. He invented the earliest known sound recording ...more
Wilbur Wright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Printers
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 ...more

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Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Printers
Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (; c. 1400 – February 3, 1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, inventor, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe with the ...more

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Johanna Drucker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Printers
Johanna Drucker (born May 30, 1952) is an American author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, ...more
Léo Ferré ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Printers
Léo Ferré (24 August 1916 – 14 July 1993) was a French-born Monégasque poet and composer, and a dynamic and controversial live performer, whose career in France dominated ...more
Samuel Richardson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Printers
Samuel Richardson (baptised 19 August 1689 – 4 July 1761) was an English writer and printer. He is best known for his three epistolary novels: Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded (1740), Clarissa: Or ...more
Agustín V. Zamora... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Printers
Agustín Vicente Zamorano (1798–1842), was a printer, soldier, and provisional Comandante General in the north of Alta California.
W. Jasper Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Printers
William Jasper Blackburn (July 24, 1820 – November 10, 1899) was an American printer, publisher and politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from northwestern ...more
Cully Cobb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Printers
J. Marvin Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Printers
John Marvin Hunter (March 18, 1880 – June 29, 1957) was an author, historian, journalist, and printer who founded the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera, Texas. The museum, which contains about ...more
William Blades is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Printers
William Blades
William Blades (5 December 1824 – 27 April 1890), English printer and bibliographer, was born at Clapham, London.
James Bede is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Printers
James Adam Bede (January 13, 1856 – April 11, 1942) was an American politician who served as U.S. Representative from Minnesota.
Theodore Low De Vinne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Printers
Theodore Low De Vinne
Theodore Low De Vinne (December 25, 1828 – February 16, 1914) was an American printer and scholarly author on typography. De Vinne did much for the improvement of American printing.
Washington Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Printers
Washington Montgomery Bartlett (February 29, 1824 – September 12, 1887) was the 20th mayor of San Francisco, California from 1883 to 1887, the 16th governor of California, and – to date – the ...more
David Atwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Printers
David Atwood (December 15, 1815 – December 11, 1889) was a nineteenth-century American politician, publisher, editor and printer from Wisconsin. He represented Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional ...more
Leo Alcide Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Printers
Leo Alcide Kerouac was a writer.
Benjamin Farjeon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Printers
Benjamin Leopold Farjeon (12 May 1838 – 23 July 1903) was an English novelist, playwright, printer and journalist. As an author, he was known for his huge output.
Francis W. Palmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Printers
Francis W. Palmer
Francis Wayland Palmer (October 11, 1827 – December 3, 1907) was a nineteenth-century politician, publisher, printer, editor and proprietor from New York, Iowa and Illinois.
George Phineas Gordon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Printers
George Phineas Gordon
George Phineas Gordon (April 21, 1810 – January 27, 1878) was an American inventor, printer and businessman who developed the basic design of the most common printing press ever, the Gordon ...more
Edward Everett Cox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Printers
Edward Everett Cox
Edward Everett Cox (December 29, 1867 – April 1, 1931) was an American newspaper publisher who started Blackford County's first daily newspaper in Hartford City, Indiana. He is "considered ...more
William Bigler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Printers
William Bigler (January 1, 1814 – August 9, 1880) was an American politician. A Democrat, he served as the 12th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1852 to 1855, and later a U.S. Senator for ...more
Hans Glaser is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Printers
Hans Glaser
Hans Wolff Glaser was a printer, block-cutter, woodcut tinter and publisher from Nuremberg, Germany known for printing broadsheets, some featuring woodcut illustrations. Glaser produced prints ...more
Marco Coltellini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Printers
Marco Coltellini (24 May 1724, Montepulciano – November 1777, Saint Petersburg) was an Italian opera tenor, librettist and printer. Coltellini embarked on a career in the Church, but had to ...more