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Famous Amherst College Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Amherst College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Amherst College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Amherst College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Amherst College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Amherst College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Amherst College.

List features graduates like Calvin Coolidge and David O. Russell.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Amherst College?” and “Which celebrities are Amherst College alumni?”
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    Painter, Comedian


    BirthplaceUSA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • 2
    Larry Miller

    Larry Miller

    Podcaster, Journalist


    BirthplaceValley Stream, New York, United States of America

    Lawrence John Miller (born October 15, 1953) is an American comedian, actor, podcaster and... more on Wikipedia

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    Joseph Stiglitz

    Joseph Stiglitz

    Professor, Scientist


    BirthplaceGary, Indiana, United States of America

    Joseph Eugene Stiglitz (; born February 9, 1943) is an American economist, public policy... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Calvin Coolidge

    Calvin Coolidge

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 61 (1872-1933)

    BirthplacePlymouth Notch, Vermont, Vermont, USA

    Calvin Coolidge (born John Calvin Coolidge Jr.; ; July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Drew Pinsky

    Drew Pinsky

    Television producer, Radio personality


    BirthplacePasadena, California, United States of America

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  • 6
    Charles R. Drew

    Charles R. Drew

    Researcher, Physician

    AgeDec. at 46 (1904-1950)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Charles Richard Drew (June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950) was an American surgeon and medical... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Charles Hamilton Houston

    AgeDec. at 55 (1895-1950)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Charles Hamilton Houston (September 3, 1895 – April 22, 1950) was a prominent African-American... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Harlan F. Stone

    AgeDec. at 74 (1872-1946)

    BirthplaceChesterfield, New Hampshire, United States of America

    Harlan Fiske Stone (October 11, 1872 – April 22, 1946) was an American lawyer and jurist who... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Clarence Birdseye

    Clarence Birdseye

    Inventor, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 70 (1886-1956)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Clarence Frank Birdseye II (December 9, 1886 – October 7, 1956) was an American inventor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10

    Preston Bassett

    Inventor, Aerospace Engineer

    AgeDec. at 100 (1892-1992)

    Preston Rogers Bassett (March 20, 1892 – April 30, 1992) was an inventor, engineer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Emily Dickinson

    Emily Dickinson

    Poet, Writer

    AgeDec. at 56 (1830-1886)

    BirthplaceAmherst, Massachusetts

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  • 12
    L. Hamilton McCormick

    L. Hamilton McCormick

    Inventor, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 75 (1859-1934)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Leander Hamilton McCormick (May 27, 1859 – February 2, 1934) was an American author, inventor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Steve Baer

    Mathematician, Inventor


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Steve Baer is an American inventor and solar and residential designer. Baer has served on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jared French
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  • 15
    Burgess Meredith

    Burgess Meredith

    Soldier, Film Producer

    AgeDied at 90 (1907-1997)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

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  • 16
    Robert Lansing

    Robert Lansing

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 64 (1864-1928)

    BirthplaceWatertown, New York, United States of America

    Robert Lansing (; October 17, 1864 – October 30, 1928) was an American lawyer and high... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Stephen Collins

    Stephen Collins

    Musician, Actor


    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

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  • 18
    William H. Hastie

    William H. Hastie

    Judge, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 72 (1904-1976)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    William Henry Hastie Jr. (November 17, 1904 – April 14, 1976) was an American lawyer, judge,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    David Suzuki

    David Suzuki

    Geneticist, Television Show Host


    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    David Takayoshi Suzuki (born March 24, 1936) is a Canadian academic, science broadcaster and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Scott Turow

    Scott Turow

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Scott Frederick Turow (born April 12, 1949) is an American author and lawyer. Turow has... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Thomas Eagleton

    Thomas Eagleton

    Politician, Negotiator

    AgeDec. at 78 (1929-2007)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Thomas Francis Eagleton (September 4, 1929 – March 4, 2007) was a United States senator from... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Albert II, Prince of Monaco
    Albert II (Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi; born 14 March 1958) is the reigning monarch... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Patrick Fitzgerald


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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  • 24
    David O. Russell

    David O. Russell

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    David Owen Russell (born August 20, 1958) is an American film director, screenwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    David Eisenhower

    David Eisenhower

    Soldier, Historian


    BirthplaceWest Point, New York

    Dwight David Eisenhower II (born March 31, 1948), better known as David Eisenhower is an... more on Wikipedia