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Famous Boston Latin School Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Boston Latin School and be of some renown.

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

Items include everything from Benjamin Franklin to Leonard Bernstein.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Boston Latin School?” and “Which celebrities are Boston Latin School alumni?”
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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Statesman, Librarian, Politician

Age: Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, ...more

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Poet, Author, Essayist

Age: Dec. at 79 (1803-1882)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a ...more

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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist

Age: Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)

Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

Leonard Bernstein ( BURN-styne; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated ...more

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Samuel Pierpont Langley ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1834-1906)

Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts

Samuel Pierpont Langley (August 22, 1834 – February 27, 1906) was an American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer and aviation pioneer.
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John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni

Age: Dec. at 56 (1737-1793)

John Hancock (January 23, 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] – October 8, 1793) was an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the ...more

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Sumner Redstone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Actor

Age: 95

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Sumner Murray Redstone (born Sumner Murray Rothstein; May 27, 1923) is an American businessman and media magnate. He is the majority owner and chairman of the board of the National Amusements ...more
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Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

Age: Dec. at 81 (1888-1969)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Joseph Patrick Kennedy (September 6, 1888 – November 18, 1969) was an American businessman, investor, and politician known for his high-profile positions in United States government and for the ...more
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Barry Newman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Actor

Age: 80

Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts

Barry Foster Newman (born November 7, 1938) is an American actor of stage, screen and television known for his portrayal of Kowalski in Vanishing Point, and for his title role in the 1970s ...more
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Charles Bulfinch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Architect

Age: Dec. at 81 (1763-1844)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Charles Bulfinch was an early American architect, and has been regarded by many as the first native-born American to practice architecture as a profession. Bulfinch split his career between his ...more
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George Santayana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 89 (1863-1952)

Birthplace: Europe, Madrid, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid metropolitan area, + more

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana (; December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and ...more

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Guy Steele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Computer scientist

Age: 64

Birthplace: Missouri

Guy Lewis Steele Jr. (; born October 2, 1954) is an American computer scientist who has played an important role in designing and documenting several computer programming languages and technical ...more
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Franklin Elmer Ellsworth... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Historian, Writer

Age: Dec. at 52 (1866-1918)

Franklin Elmer Ellsworth Hamilton (August 9, 1866, Pleasant Valley, Ohio – May 4, 1918) was an American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1916.
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Cotton Mather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 65 (1663-1728)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Cotton Mather (February 12, 1663 – February 13, 1728; A.B. 1678, Harvard College; A.M. 1681, honorary doctorate 1710, University of Glasgow) was a New England Puritan minister, prolific author, ...more
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John F. Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 87 (1863-1950)

Birthplace: East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald (February 11, 1863 – October 2, 1950) was an American politician, father of Rose Kennedy and maternal grandfather of President John F. Kennedy. ...more
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John King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Journalist, Actor

Age: 55

Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

John King (born August 30, 1963) is an American news anchor. He is CNN's chief national correspondent, based in Washington, DC, and is anchor of its roundtable political discussion program ...more
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Christine Elise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Photographer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Christine Elise McCarthy (born February 12, 1965) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles as Emily Valentine in Beverly Hills, 90210 and Kyle in the Child's ...more
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Samuel Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 81 (1722-1803)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Samuel Adams (September 27 [O.S. September 16] 1722 – October 2, 1803) was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a politician ...more

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William M. Evarts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 83 (1818-1901)

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more

William Maxwell Evarts (February 6, 1818 – February 28, 1901) was an American lawyer and statesman from New York who served as U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator ...more
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Andrew Viterbi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

Age: 83

Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy

Andrew James Viterbi (born Andrea Giacomo Viterbi; March 9, 1935) is an American electrical engineer and businessman who co-founded Qualcomm Inc. and invented the Viterbi algorithm. He is ...more
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Wade H. McCree is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Judge, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 67 (1920-1987)

Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America

This article is about Wade McCree Jr (d. 1987). The "Shirtless Selfie Judge" from Detroit named Wade McCree is this Wade McCree's son, and does not have a Wikipedia article of his own. ...more
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Edward Charles Pickering... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Physicist, Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 73 (1846-1919)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Edward Charles Pickering ForMemRS HFRSE (July 19, 1846 – February 3, 1919) was an American astronomer and physicist and the older brother of William Henry Pickering. Along with Carl Vogel, ...more
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Cid Corman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Poet, Translator

Age: Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts

Cid (Sidney) Corman (June 29, 1924 – March 12, 2004) was an American poet, translator and editor, most notably of Origin, who was a key figure in the history of American poetry in the second ...more
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Richard Saltonstall Gree... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Richard Saltonstall Greenough Artist

Age: Dec. at 85 (1819-1904)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Richard Saltonstall Greenough (April 19, 1819 – 1904) was an American sculptor and younger brother to Neoclassical sculptor Horatio Greenough. Greenough was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the ...more
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Samuel Gridley Howe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Physician

Age: Dec. at 75 (1801-1876)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Samuel Gridley Howe (November 10, 1801 – January 9, 1876) was a nineteenth century United States physician, abolitionist, and an advocate of education for the blind. He organized and was the ...more
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Charles Sumner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 63 (1811-1874)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Charles Sumner (January 6, 1811 – March 11, 1874) was an American politician and United States Senator from Massachusetts. As an academic lawyer and a powerful orator, Sumner was the leader of ...more