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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 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 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 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 Gutenberg 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 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 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 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 V. Zamorano 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
W. Jasper Blackburn 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 Cobb 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
J. Marvin Hunter 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 Bede 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 Bartlett 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 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 Leo Alcide Kerouac was a writer.

Benjamin Farjeon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Printers
Benjamin Farjeon 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 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 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

Jim Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Printers
Jim Ramsay James Halford "Jim" Ramsay was an Australian politician. He was a Liberal Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, representing the seat of Balwyn. He was also a minister in ...more

Joseph Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Printers
Joseph Hamilton Joseph Hamilton was an American printer, newspaper editor, and life insurance agent from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who spent two one-year terms as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly: in 1874 as ...more

William L. Crawford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Printers
William L. Crawford William Levi Crawford was an American publisher and editor.

Ward Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Printers
Ward Ritchie Harry "Ward" Ritchie was an American printer, book collector and writer of around 100 books who was part of the "Golden Age" of fine printing in Southern California. From ...more

Samuel Woodworth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Printers
Samuel Woodworth Samuel Woodworth was an American author, literary journalist, playwright, librettist, and poet.

Lawrence Tierney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Printers
Lawrence Tierney Lawrence Tierney was a police officer and printer and the father of Lawrence Tierney.

Adrian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Printers
Adrian Wilson Adrian Wilson was an influential book designer, and author of the classic 1967 work entitled The Design of Books.

John Nichols is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Printers
John Nichols John Nichols was an English printer, author and antiquary.

James Parker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Printers
James Parker James Parker was a prominent colonial American printer and publisher.

Albertus Willem Sijthoff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Printers
Albertus Willem Sijthoff Albertus Willem Sijthoff was a prominent Dutch publisher from Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands.

William Marshall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Printers
William Marshall William Marshall was an English Protestant reformer, printer, and translator.

John William Parker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Printers
John William Parker John William Parker was an English publisher and printer.

John William Parker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Printers
John William Parker John William Parker was an eldest son of English publisher and printer John William Parker.

Tomas Pinpin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Printers
Tomas Pinpin Tomas Pinpin was a printer, writer and publisher from Abucay, a municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines, who was the first Filipino printer and is sometimes referred as the ...more

Edward White is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Printers
Edward White Edward White was a London printer and stationer whose career spanned a period of over forty years. His shop in the booksellers' district of St Paul's Churchyard was at the Sign of the Gun, where ...more

Thomas Curson Hansard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Printers
Thomas Curson Hansard Thomas Curson Hansard was the son of the printer Luke Hansard. In 1803, he established a press of his own in Paternoster Row. In the same year, William Cobbett, a newspaperman, began to print ...more

Brian Ullman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Printers
Brian Ullman Brian Ullman is a printer and clown.

Danny Pope is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Printers
Danny Pope Danny Pope is a bespoke photographic printer and restorer. Danny has printed works for photographers such as Andrew Catlin, David Hiscock, Linda McCartney, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Calum Colvin, Tim ...more

William Bradford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Printers
William Bradford William Bradford was an early English printer in North America. He is best known as "the pioneer printer of the Middle colonies" and the head of a family that included publishers for ...more

John Battley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Printers
John Battley John Rose Battley, JP FRSA was a British printer, company director and Labour Party politician. He served on the London County Council and was Member of Parliament for Clapham for a single ...more

Lydia Bailey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Printers
Lydia Bailey Lydia Bailey was a printer in Philadelphia from 1808 to 1861.

Zechariah Fowle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Printers
Zechariah Fowle

Daniel Fowle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Printers
Daniel Fowle Daniel Fowle was an American printer before and during the American Revolution, and the founder of The New Hampshire Gazette. Fowle, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, was an active printer in ...more

Ernst Vögelin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Printers
Ernst Vögelin Ernst Vögelin was a 16th-century German pioneer book printer. Vögelin was born in Konstanz. He studied in Leipzig, married a daughter of a the first Leipzig printer Valentin Bapst, ...more

William Hunter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Printers
William Hunter William Hunter was a colonial American newspaper publisher, book publisher, and printer for the colony of Virginia.