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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Bates College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Bates College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Bates College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Bates College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Bates 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 Bates College.

List includes David Hasselhoff, Robert F. Kennedy and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Bates College?” and “Which celebrities are Bates College alumni?”

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David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer David Michael Hasselhoff, nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman. He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the popular 1980s US ...more

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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, commonly known by his initials RFK, was an American politician from Massachusetts. He served as a Senator for New York from 1965 until his assassination ...more

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Buckminster Fuller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Industrial designer, Poet, Visionary Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or ...more

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Robert Frost is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Poet, Playwright Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his ...more

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Dean Kamen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor Dean L. Kamen is an American entrepreneur and inventor from New Hampshire. Born on Long Island, New York, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, but dropped out before graduating after ...more

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Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Announcer, Journalist, Newsreader Bryant Charles Gumbel is an American television journalist and sportscaster. He is best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC's The Today Show. He is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg ...more

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Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Maria Bamford is an American stand-up comedian, actress and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about ...more

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Leo Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician Leo Joseph Ryan, Jr. was an American teacher and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative as a member of the Democratic Party. He represented California's 11th congressional district from ...more

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Owen Dodson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Novelist, Writer Owen Vincent Dodson was an American poet, novelist, and playwright. He was one of the leading African-American poets of his time, associated with the generation of black poets following the ...more

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Donald Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Editor, Poet, Author Donald Andrew Hall, Jr, known as Donald Hall is an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard and Oxford, Hall is the author of over 50 ...more

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Nelson Dingley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician, Journalist Nelson Dingley, Jr. was a journalist and politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Dingley was born in Durham, Maine and attended the common schools at Unity, Maine and Waterville College. He ...more

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Olympia Snowe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician Olympia Jean Snowe is an American politician who was a United States Senator from Maine from 1995 to 2013. Snowe, a member of the Republican Party, became widely known for her ability to ...more

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George Putnam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Presenter George Putnam was an American television news reporter and talk show host based in Los Angeles. He was known for his catchy phrases "That's the up-to-the-minute news, and up-to-the-minute ...more

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Jeffrey Lynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Actor, Teacher Jeffrey Lynn was an American actor.

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Robert Witt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Robert E. Witt is chancellor of the University of Alabama System, as of March 5, 2012. His experience includes 9 years as president of the University of Alabama, 35 years in the University of ...more

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Freeman Dyson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor Freeman John Dyson FRS is an English-born theoretical physicist and mathematician, known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. Dyson is ...more

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Donald F. Mchenry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson, Diplomat Donald Franchot McHenry is an American former diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 20, 1981.

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Beverly Daniel Tatum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Professor Beverly Daniel Tatum is the current president of Spelman College. Tatum received her B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of ...more

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Minoru Yamasaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Architect Minoru Yamasaki was an American architect, best known for designing the original World Trade Center in New York City and several other large-scale projects. Yamasaki was one of the most ...more

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Peter J. Gomes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Theologian, Professor, Writer Peter John Gomes was an American preacher and theologian, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard's Memorial Church — in the words of ...more

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Scott Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Bodybuilder, Judge, Lawyer Scott Wilson was a judge on United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1929 to 1942.

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John Irwin Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Mathematician, Science writer John Irwin Hutchinson was an American mathematician born in Bangor, Maine. He was educated at Bates College, Clark University, and the University of Chicago. With Virgil Snyder he was coauthor ...more

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William P. Frye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Lawyer William Pierce Frye was an American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Frye, a member of the Republican Party, spent most of his political career as a legislator, serving in the Maine ...more

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John Ciardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Poet, Translator, Presenter John Anthony Ciardi was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante's Divine Comedy, wrote several volumes of children's poetry, ...more

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John P. Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Journalist, Writer, Lawyer John Preston Davis was an American journalist, lawyer and activist intellectual, who became prominent for his work with the Joint Committee on National Recovery. He co-founded the National Negro ...more

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Benjamin Mays is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Writer Benjamin Elijah Mays was an American black minister, educator, sociologist, social activist and the president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1940 to 1967. Mays was also a ...more

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Doris Kearns Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Journalist, Historian, Author Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian, and political commentator. She is the author of biographies of several U.S. Presidents, including Lyndon Johnson ...more

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William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Lawyer William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. is an American attorney and politician. Coleman was the fourth United States Secretary of Transportation, from March 7, 1975 to January 20, 1977, and the second ...more

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Jacques d'Amboise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor Jacques d'Amboise is an American danseur and choreographer.

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James G. Blaine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer James Gillespie Blaine was an American statesman and Republican politician who represented Maine in the United States House of Representatives from 1863 to 1876, serving as Speaker of the House ...more

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David B. Snow Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson David B. Snow, Jr., Medcos Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is a health care industry veteran, innovator and entrepreneur who has created and implemented solutions to manage the rising ...more

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Herbert E. Walter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Science writer Herbert Eugene Walter, was a prominent biologist, author, Professor at Brown University and researcher. Herbert Walter was born in Burke, Vermont in 1867. He attended the Lyndon Institute, and ...more

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David Chokachi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Actor David Chokachi is an American film and television actor. He's best known for his role in the TV series Witchblade, Baywatch, and Beyond The Break. His father is Iraqi and his mother is Finnish.

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Tyler Dennett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Educator, Historian, Author Tyler Dennett was an American historian and educator. He is best known for his book John Hay, for which he won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for biography. In 1900, Dennett enrolled at Bates College, ...more

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James A. Murphy III is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
James A. Murphy III is an American politician of the Republican party, former District Attorney and a jurist. He is currently the County Court Judge for Saratoga County, New York. Murphy began ...more

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Edward C. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Edward Cary Hayes was a pioneer in American sociology and was a founder and president of the American Sociological Association. Edward Cary Hayes was born on February 10, 1868 in Lewiston, ...more

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Elizabeth Strout is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Elizabeth Strout is United States author of fiction. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Olive Kitteridge, a collection of connected short stories about a woman and her immediate family ...more

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George J. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson, Judge, Politician George John Mitchell, Jr. is an American lawyer, businessman and politician. A Democrat, Mitchell served as a United States Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and as Senate Majority Leader ...more

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Frank Sandford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Frank Sandford Frank Weston Sandford was the founder and leader of an apocalyptic Christian sect, informally called "Shiloh" and eventually known officially as "The Kingdom." Sandford was ...more

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Frank M. Coffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Judge, Writer Frank Morey Coffin was an American politician from Maine and a United States federal judge. He was a Democrat.

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John F. Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Lawyer John F. Davis was an American lawyer and law professor whose career included ten years of service as Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Sean Carlos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Internet Marketer Sean Carlos is a web marketing teacher and consultant. He is particularly interested in International SEO, Social Media and Web Analytics. His career spans from managing telemarketing and direct ...more

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Bob Goodlatte is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Robert William "Bob" Goodlatte is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Virginia's 6th congressional district, serving since 1993. A member of the Republican ...more

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John Shea is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Film Director John Victor Shea III is an American actor and director who has starred on stage, television and in film. He is best known for his role as Lex Luthor in the 1990s TV series Lois & Clark: The ...more

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Edmund Muskie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Soldier Edmund Sixtus "Ed" Muskie was an American politician from Rumford, Maine. He served as Governor of Maine from 1955 to 1959, as a member of the United States Senate from 1959 to 1980, ...more

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Carl E. Milliken is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson Carl Elias Milliken was a U.S. Republican and Progressive Party politician, 51st governor of Maine. He was also a notable early figure in the motion picture industry. A native of Pittsfield, ...more

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Ben Cline is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Lawyer Benjamin L. "Ben" Cline is an American politician of the Republican Party. He is currently serving his sixth term in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was first elected in 2002 by ...more

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Constance Berry Newman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Constance Ernestine Berry Newman was the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from June 2004 to April 2005.

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Eugene Hale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Eugene Hale was a Republican United States Senator from Maine. Born at Turner, Maine, he was educated in local schools and at Maine's Hebron Academy. He was admitted to the bar in 1857 and ...more

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Mark Erelli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Mark Erelli Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Singer Mark Erelli is an American singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and touring folk musician from Reading, Massachusetts who earned a Master’s Degree in evolutionary biology from the ...more