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 1,294,853 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Samuel Colt is the 19th most popular inventor (up from 23rd in 2019), the 165th most popular biography from United States (up from 181st 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 19 out of 355Before him are Louis Daguerre, George Stephenson, Samuel Morse, Nikolaus Otto, Cai Lun, and Nicéphore Niépce. After him are Thomas Newcomen, Werner von Siemens, Antonio Meucci, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Denis Papin, and George Westinghouse.

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

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Samuel Colt ranks 165 out of 15,968Before him are John Wayne (1907), Bobby Fischer (1943), John Williams (1932), George Gershwin (1898), John Rawls (1921), and Buzz Aldrin (1930). After him are Coen brothers (null), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Dr. Seuss (1904), Thomas Kuhn (1922), John Cage (1912), and Bernie Sanders (1941).

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 George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Jimmy Wales (1966), William G. Morgan (1870), Herman Hollerith (1860), Isaac Singer (1811), Charles Goodyear (1800), and Willis Carrier (1876).