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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 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, ...more

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

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinvi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Printers
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 ...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

Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Printers
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 ...more

Johanna Drucker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Printers
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 ...more

Léo Ferré is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Printers
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 ...more

Samuel Richardson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Printers
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 ...more

Agustín V. Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Printers
Agustín Vicente Zamorano, was a printer, soldier, and provisional Mexican Governor of Alta California.

W. Jasper Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Printers
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, ...more

Cully Cobb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Printers
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 ...more

J. Marvin Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Printers
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 ...more

William Blades is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Printers
William Blades William Blades, 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 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 ...more

Theodore Low De Vinne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Printers
Theodore Low De Vinne Theodore Low De Vinne 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 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.

David Atwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Printers
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, ...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 was a British 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 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 was an American inventor, printer and businessman who developed the basic design of the most common printing press ever, the Gordon Letterpress. Born in Salem, New ...more

Edward Everett Cox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Printers
Edward Everett Cox Edward Everett Cox was an American newspaper publisher who started Blackford County's first daily newspaper in Hartford City, Indiana. He is "considered one of the most influential forces ...more

William Bigler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Printers
William Bigler 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 Pennsylvania from 1856 until 1861.

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 was an Italian opera librettist and printer. Coltellini embarked on a career in the Church, but had to leave after fathering four daughters. He set up a printing shop in Livorno ...more