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Timothy Leatherman

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Timothy Leatherman

Founder of Leatherman Tools


Who is Timothy Leatherman?

Timothy Leatherman is the founder and CEO of Leatherman Tool Group. If you like to tinker around in your garage and you own a lot of tools, then there’s a good chance that you have a Leatherman multi-tool in your toolbox.

Timothy Leatherman is a mechanical engineer who graduated from Oregon Statue University. He is said to have come up with the idea for the multi-tool while driving through Europe with his wife in a car that repeatedly broke down. The idea came after failed attempts to fix the car with his pocket knife. In 1983, he started the Leatherman Tool Group with Steve Berliner. Today, the Leatherman Tool Group is a global company with sales in over 80 countries.

Famous Kin

Timothy Leatherman has a few fellow business legends and inventors in his family tree including Walt Disney, Gilbert Noble (co-founder of Barnes and Noble), Thomas Watson, Jr. (President and CEO of I.B.M.), lockstitch sewing machine inventor Elias Howe, Morse Code inventor Samuel F. B. Morse, and air conditioning inventor Willis Carrier. He also has kinship to a few celebrities including actress Lucille Ball, television’s Bill Nye the Science Guy, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, NBA All-Star player Kevin Love, and The Beach Boys Brian, Carl, Dennis Wilson and Mike Love. Other historical figures with family connections to Timothy Leatherman include Mormon church president Brigham Young, poet Emily Dickinson, and U.S. First Lady Lucretia Garfield.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Timothy Leatherman

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Judith Hoag

TV and Movie Actress

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Edmund Rice

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Margaret Mead

Cultural Anthropologist

9th cousin 2 times removed
via David Stone

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Clara Barton

Founder of the American Red Cross

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Rice

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Liv Tyler

TV and Movie Actress

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Rice

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Brigham Young

2nd President of the Mormon Church

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Rice

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Steve Young

NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Rice

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Joy Morton

Founder of Morton Salt Company

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Rice

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Julius Sterling Morton

Founder of Arbor Day

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Rice

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Rice

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James Brolin

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 1 time removed
via William Ward

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Josh Brolin

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 2 times removed
via William Ward

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

7th cousin 2 times removed
via John Howe

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

5th cousin 3 times removed
via John Rice

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

9th cousin
via John Stone

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Edmund Rice

(c1594 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

9th great-grandfather

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Edmund Rice

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

8th cousin 1 time removed
via John Stone

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William Ward

(c1603 - 1687)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

8th great-grandfather

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Simon Stone

(c1585/6 - 1665)
Increase passenger 1635

9th great-granduncle
via David Stone

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Gregory Stone

(c1592 - 1672)
Great Migration Immigrant 1635

9th great-grandfather

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Bill Richardson

30th Governor of New Mexico

9th cousin
via William Ward

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John Parmenter

(c1588 - 1671)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

9th great-grandfather

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Jonathan Bush

Co-founder and CEO of athenahealth

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Edward Frost

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Billy Bush

TV Personality and Host

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Edward Frost

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John Howe

(c1617 - 1680)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

8th great-grandfather

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Timothy Leatherman photo by Andreas Lakso (CC BY-SA 4.0)