List of Swiss Americans

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This is a list of notable Swiss Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

Pioneers[edit]

List by occupation[edit]

Business[edit]

  • Robert Abplanalp (1922–2003), businessman, inventor of the aerosol valve
  • Steve Ballmer (born 1956), businessman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation
  • Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), industrialist and art patron, once known as "America's most hated man".[4] as per CNBC one of the "Worst American CEOs of All Time".[5]
  • Meyer Guggenheim (1828–1905), statesman, patriarch of Guggenheim family[6]
  • Simon Guggenheim (1867–1941), businessman, politician, and philanthropist
  • Milton Hershey (1857–1945), confectioner, philanthropist, and founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company
  • Otto Frederick Hunziker (1873–1959), pioneer in the American and international dairy industry
  • S. S. Kresge (1867–1966), merchant, philanthropist and founder of the S. S. Kresge Company, now Sears Holdings Corporation.[7]
  • Robert Lutz (born 1932), General Motors Vice Chairman of Product Development and Chairman of GM North America, the world's largest automaker[8]
  • Mark Spitznagel (born 1971), hedge fund manager
  • James G. Sterchi (1867–1932), furniture store magnate
  • Bruce Tognazzini (born 1945), usability consultant in partnership the Nielsen Norman Group
  • Steve Jobs, information technology entrepreneur and inventor

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Actors and directors[edit]

Visual artists[edit]

Writers and publicists[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Other[edit]

Law and politics[edit]

Governors and presidents[edit]

Congressmen and senators[edit]

Other[edit]

Military[edit]

  • Henry Bouquet - prominent Army officer in the French and Indian War and Pontiac's War[27]
  • Edward Walter Eberle (1864–1929), admiral in the United States Navy, served as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy and third Chief of Naval Operations[28]
  • Felix Zollicoffer (1812–1862), newspaperman, three-term US Congressman from Tennessee, officer in the United States Army, and a Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War
  • Henry Wirz (1822–1865), the only Confederate soldier executed in the aftermath of the American Civil War for war crimes[29]

Religion[edit]

Scientists and engineers[edit]

Sports[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Helen Keller (1880–1968), author, political activist and lecturer; first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Christoph Meili (born 1968), whistleblower[45]
  • Chesley Sullenberger (born 1951), airline transport pilot who successfully carried out the emergency ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, saving the lives of the 155 people on the aircraft[46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swiss Americans - History, Modern era, Swiss in british north america". Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  2. ^ New Georgia Encyclopedia: John J. Zubly (1724-1781)
  3. ^ [1] "German-born Swiss pioneer settler and colonizer in California; the discovery of gold on his land in 1848 precipitated the California Gold Rush."
  4. ^ "American Whiskey". Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  5. ^ [2] "Portfolio's Worst American CEOs of All Time." CNBC.com April 30, 2009.
  6. ^ [3] "Meyer, though a native speaker of German, was Swiss-German."
  7. ^ http://www.nndb.com/people/755/000160275/
  8. ^ [4] "The legendary Swiss manager has been tasked with bringing fresh momentum to the sputtering engine of the world's largest automobile group."
  9. ^ a b Swiss Roots: Renee Zellweger
  10. ^ [5] "The actress, who's Alaskan/Swiss on her mother's side, was born in Schweigmatt, Germany."[6]
  11. ^ [7] "His father had mainly Swiss and British roots."
  12. ^ Swiss Roots: Film
  13. ^ [8] "...and my mother is Swiss and Swede."
  14. ^ Biography for William Wyler at the Internet Movie Database "Born Willi Wyler ... to a Swiss father and a German mother"
  15. ^ toledoblade.com - Blade's man in Europe brought world to Toledo
  16. ^ Swiss Roots: Jewel Kilcher
  17. ^ "An American of 10 Generations". New York Times. 1907-05-12. 
  18. ^ Swiss Roots: Herbert Hoover
  19. ^ [9]
  20. ^ a b c d [10] "Swiss ancestry."
  21. ^ [11]
  22. ^ [12] mentioned as one of several "Swiss Americans"
  23. ^ [13] "Ethnicity Swiss/German"
  24. ^ [14] "Born to an aristocratic Swiss family, Albert Gallatin (1761-1849) emigrated from Switzerland to America in 1780."
  25. ^ [15] "Swiss and German ancestry."
  26. ^ Robert Parkinson, Peter Staub. Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, 2002. Retrieved: 5 August 2010.
  27. ^ [16] "Bouqet as a free born Switzer..."
  28. ^ Mueller Science - Specialities: Switzerland
  29. ^ Swiss Roots: Henry Wirz
  30. ^ Louis Agassiz - Britannica Student Encyclopaedia
  31. ^ (German) Structurae [en]: Othmar Herrmann Ammann (1879-1965)
  32. ^ CERN Scientific Information Service
  33. ^ NOAA Central Library
  34. ^ Swiss Roots: Eddie Rickenbacker
  35. ^ [17] "Though Swiss by birth, Frank traveled the world before settling in the United States in 1953."
  36. ^ [18] "After his graduation in the spring of 1900, he became a Swiss citizen, worked for two months as a mathematics teacher, and then was employed as examiner at the Swiss patent office in Bern."
  37. ^ Edmond Fischer
  38. ^ [19] "Swiss-born U.S. psychiatrist"
  39. ^ [20] "Martin Buser, a long-time Swiss citizen, is scheduled to be sworn in today as a United States citizen by Judge Ben Esch after crossing the finish line yesterday as winner of the 2002 Iditarod."
  40. ^ [21]
  41. ^ de:William Heffelfinger
  42. ^ [22] "Swiss Roots: How much do you know about your Swiss heritage? Ben Roethlisberger: Honestly, I didn't know a whole lot until recently; then I started feeling it out a little more and hearing a little more about it. Now, when people ask me where I'm from, I'm quick to say, "Well, I'm Swiss." I'm sure I have a lot of things in me, but that's one of the things I tell people—that I'm Swiss."
  43. ^ [23] "The Wanderones were German-Swiss"
  44. ^ [24] "Zobrist Name Meaning Swiss German: topographic name for someone who lived at the highest or furthest point of a settlement."
  45. ^ [25] "the name of the 30-year-old former Swiss bank guard is already being entered into the ranks of the righteous gentiles -- those persons who have taken risks to help Jews."
  46. ^ ""Held vom Hudson" stammt aus Wynigen" (in German). Berner Zeitung. 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 

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