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Samuel Colt

1814 - 1862

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Samuel Colt (; July 19, 1814 – January 10, 1862) was an American inventor, industrialist, and businessman who established Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (now Colt's Manufacturing Company) and made the mass production of revolvers commercially viable. Colt's first two business ventures were producing firearms in Paterson, New Jersey, and making underwater mines; both ended in disappointment. His business affairs improved rapidly after 1847, when the Texas Rangers ordered 1,000 revolvers during the American war with Mexico. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Colt has received more than 1,451,225 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Samuel Colt is the 22nd most popular inventor (down from 19th in 2019), the 183rd most popular biography from United States (down from 165th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Inventor.

Samuel Colt is most famous for inventing the Colt revolver.

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Among inventors, Samuel Colt ranks 22 out of 354Before him are George Stephenson, Cai Lun, Louis Daguerre, Nicéphore Niépce, John Logie Baird, and Karl Ferdinand Braun. After him are Charles K. Kao, Thomas Newcomen, Antonio Meucci, Werner von Siemens, James Naismith, and Steve Wozniak.

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Among people born in 1814, Samuel Colt ranks 4Before him are Mikhail Bakunin, Jean-François Millet, and Taras Shevchenko. After him are Mikhail Lermontov, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Adolphe Sax, Julius von Mayer, Anders Jonas Ångström, Henri Nestlé, Hong Xiuquan, and Jenny von Westphalen. Among people deceased in 1862, Samuel Colt ranks 3Before him are Martin Van Buren and Henry David Thoreau. After him are John Tyler, Jean-Baptiste Biot, Bahadur Shah Zafar, James Clark Ross, Božena Němcová, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Fromental Halévy, Mikhail Ostrogradsky, and Karl Nesselrode.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Samuel Colt ranks 183 out of 18,182Before him are William James Sidis (1898), Tom Cruise (1962), David Lynch (1946), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Sigourney Weaver (1949), and James Monroe (1758). After him are Richard Gere (1949), Carl Sagan (1934), Ray Bradbury (1920), Tom Selleck (1945), Talcott Parsons (1902), and James Madison (1751).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Samuel Colt ranks 4Before him are Thomas Edison (1847), Henry Ford (1863), and Samuel Morse (1791). After him are Steve Wozniak (1950), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Herman Hollerith (1860), Charles Goodyear (1800), William G. Morgan (1870), Willis Carrier (1876), and Isaac Singer (1811).