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.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Swiss American or must have references showing they are Swiss American and are notable.


List by occupation


  • 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". as per CNBC one of the "Worst American CEOs of All Time".
  • Meyer Guggenheim (1828–1905), statesman, patriarch of Guggenheim family
  • Simon Guggenheim (1867–1941), businessman, politician, and philanthropist
  • Steve Jobs (1955–2011), information technology entrepreneur and inventor
  • 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.
  • Robert Lutz (born 1932), General Motors Vice Chairman of Product Development and Chairman of GM North America, the world's largest automaker
  • 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
  • Albert Lee Ueltschi (1917–2012), considered the father of modern flight training and was the founder of FlightSafety

Arts and entertainment

Actors and directors

Visual artists

Writers and publicists



  • Mary Katherine Campbell (1905–1990), only Miss America winner to hold beauty title twice, 1922 & 1923; mother was of partial Swiss ancestry
  • Gary Gygax (1938–2008), writer and game designer, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons

Law and politics

Governors and presidents

Congressmen and senators



  • Henry Bouquet, prominent Army officer in the French and Indian War and Pontiac's War
  • 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
  • Al Ulmer (1916-2000), a major head of U.S. intelligence operations during World War II and part of the Cold War
  • Henry Wirz (1822–1865), only Confederate soldier executed in the aftermath of the American Civil War for war crimes
  • 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 B. Eyring (born 1933), educator, Stanford University professor, Presiding Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Daniel Kumler Flickinger (1824–1911), Bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ
  • Martin Marty (1834–1886), Benedictine priest
  • Philip Schaff (1819–1893), Protestant theologian and a historian of the Christian church

Scientists and engineers



  • Helen Keller (1880–1968), author, political activist and lecturer; first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Christoph Meili (born 1968), whistleblower
  • 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

See also

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