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

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

Examples include Franklin Pierce and Alfred Kinsey.

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

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Reed Hastings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Reed Hastings Businessperson, Entrepreneur Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of Netflix and serves on the boards of Facebook and a number of non-profit organizations. A ...more

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Geoffrey Canada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Geoffrey Canada Educator, Author, Writer Geoffrey Canada is an American educator, social activist and author. Since 1990, Canada has been president of the Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York, an organization that states its goal ...more

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Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Alfred Kinsey Biologist, Professor, Researcher Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the ...more

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Kenneth I. Chenault is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Kenneth I. Chenault Businessperson Kenneth Irvine Chenault is an American business executive. He has been the CEO and Chairman of American Express since 2001. He is the third black CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poet, Professor, Writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate ...more

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Todd Siler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Todd Siler Inventor, Science writer, Writer Todd Siler, PhD is an American multimedia artist, author, educator, and inventor, equally well known for his art and for his work in creativity research. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he became ...more

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Francis Robbins Upton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Francis Robbins Upton Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor Francis Robbins Upton was an American physicist and mathematician.

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Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Franklin Pierce Politician, Lawyer Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Genial and well-spoken, Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the ...more

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Nathaniel Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Nathaniel Hawthorne Novelist, Writer Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer. He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel Hathorne and the former Elizabeth Clarke Manning. His ancestors ...more

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Albert Dekker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Albert Dekker Politician, Actor Albert Dekker was an American character actor and politician best known for his roles in Dr. Cyclops, The Killers, Kiss Me Deadly, and The Wild Bunch. He is sometimes credited as Albert Van ...more

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William Cohen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
William Cohen Businessperson, Politician, Author William Sebastian Cohen is an author and American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. A Republican, Cohen served as both a member of the United States House of Representatives and Senate, ...more

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Samuel Thurston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Samuel Thurston Samuel Royal Thurston was an American pioneer, lawyer and politician. He was the first delegate from the Oregon Territory to the United States Congress and was instrumental in the passage of the ...more

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Jonathan Cilley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Jonathan Cilley Politician, Editing, Lawyer Jonathan Cilley was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine. He served part of one term in the 25th Congress. He died in office at Bladensburg, Md. as the result of being ...more

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James L. McConaughy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
James L. McConaughy Politician James Lukens McConaughy was an American politician and the 76th Governor of Connecticut.

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Gary Merrill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Gary Merrill Actor Gary Fred Merrill was an American film and television character actor whose credits included more than fifty feature films, a half-dozen mostly short-lived TV series, and dozens of television ...more

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Harry Oakes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Harry Oakes Sir Harry Oakes, 1st Baronet was an American-born British Canadian gold mine owner, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He earned his fortune in Canada and in the 1930s moved to the ...more

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James Archibald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
James Archibald James Putnam Archibald, was a judge of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The son of a lawyer, Archibald attended Bowdoin College and law school at Boston University before returning to Houlton ...more

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T. A. D. Fessenden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
T. A. D. Fessenden Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden was a U.S. Representative from Maine, the son of abolitionist legislator Samuel Fessenden, and brother of Treasury Secretary William P. Fessenden and congressman ...more

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Stanley Druckenmiller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Stanley Druckenmiller Stanley Freeman Druckenmiller is an American hedge fund manager, he is the former Chairman and President of Duquesne Capital, which he founded in 1981. He closed the fund in August 2010 because ...more

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Asa S. Knowles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Asa S. Knowles Asa Smallidge Knowles was the ninth President of the University of Toledo and the third President of Northeastern University. A graduate of Thayer Academy, Knowles went on to earn his AB from ...more

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Meredith Jung-En Woo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Meredith Jung-En Woo Political scientist Meredith Jung-En Woo is the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. She began her post on June 1, 2008.

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John Brown Russwurm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
John Brown Russwurm Publisher, Journalist John Brown Russwurm was an American abolitionist from Jamaica, known for his newspaper, Freedom's Journal. He moved from the United States to govern the Maryland section of an African-American ...more

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Tom Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Tom Allen Lawyer Thomas Hodge "Tom" Allen is a former member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maine's 1st congressional district, and the Democratic nominee for the U.S. ...more

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Oliver O. Howard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Oliver O. Howard Historian Oliver Otis Howard was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. As a brigade commander in the Army of the Potomac, Howard lost his right arm while ...more

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John Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
John Davis Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer John Andrew Davis is an American film producer and founder of Davis Entertainment.

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Paul Adelstein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Paul Adelstein Musician, Actor, Singer Paul Adelstein is an American television and film actor, best known for the role of Agent Paul Kellerman in the television series Prison Break and his role as pediatrician Cooper Freedman in the ...more

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William P. Frye is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
William P. Frye 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 P. Hale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
John P. Hale Politician, Lawyer John Parker Hale was an American politician and lawyer from New Hampshire. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1843 to 1845 and in the United States Senate from 1847 to ...more

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Brad Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Brad Anderson Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Brad Anderson is an American film director, producer and writer. A director of thriller and horror films and television projects, he is best known for having directed The Machinist, starring ...more

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Alonzo Garcelon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Alonzo Garcelon Surgeon Dr. Alonzo Garcelon was the 36th Governor of Maine, an American Civil War surgeon general, and a co-founder of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

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Joshua Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Joshua Chamberlain Businessperson, Teacher Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, born as Lawrence Joshua Chamberlain, was an American college professor from the State of Maine, who volunteered during the American Civil War to join the Union Army. ...more

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Alpheus Spring Packard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Alpheus Spring Packard Science writer Alpheus Spring Packard, Jr., LL.D. was an American entomologist and palaeontologist. He described over 500 new animal species- especially butterflies and moths- and was one of the founders of ...more

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Alvin Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Alvin Hall Journalist, Financial adviser, Presenter Alvin D. Hall is an American financial adviser, author and media personality.

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Isaac Newton Evans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Isaac Newton Evans Physician, Banker Isaac Evans was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Isaac Newton Evans was born near present-day West Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended the common ...more

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Cynthia McFadden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Cynthia McFadden Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Cynthia McFadden is an American television journalist who is currently the senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News. She was an anchor and correspondent for ABC News who ...more

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Paul Douglas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Paul Douglas Economist Paul Howard Douglas was an American politician and economist. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a U.S. Senator from Illinois for eighteen years, from 1949 to 1967. During his Senate ...more

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Robert P. T. Coffin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Robert P. T. Coffin Poet, Professor, Writer Robert Peter Tristram Coffin was a writer, poet and professor at Wells College and Bowdoin College. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1936.

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DJ Spooky is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
DJ Spooky Record producer, Disc jockey, Artist Paul D'Shonne Miller, known by his stage name DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a Washington DC-born electronic and experimental hip hop musician whose work is often called by critics or his ...more

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John Skidgel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
John Skidgel Designer

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Alpheus Felch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Alpheus Felch Politician Alpheus Felch was the fifth Governor of Michigan and U.S. Senator from Michigan.

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Herbert Putnam is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Herbert Putnam Librarian, Lawyer George Herbert Putnam was an American librarian. He was the eighth Librarian of Congress from 1899 to 1939. He implemented his vision of a universal collection with strengths in every language, ...more

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Owen Brewster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Owen Brewster Lawyer Ralph Owen Brewster was an American politician from Maine. Brewster, a conservative Republican, served as the Governor of Maine from 1925 to 1929, in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1935 ...more

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Willis Barnstone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Willis Barnstone Poet, Literary critic, Memoirist Willis Barnstone is an American poet, memoirist, translator, Hispanist, and comparatist. He has translated the Ancient Greek poets and the complete fragments of the pre-Socratic philosopher ...more

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Steve Laffey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Steve Laffey Stephen Laffey is an American politician, businessman, author and filmmaker. He is the former Republican mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island from 2003 to 2007 and lost a bid for the United States ...more

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Hayes MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Hayes MacArthur Screenwriter, Actor, Writer Hayes MacArthur is an American stand-up comedian, actor and writer.

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Thomas Brackett Reed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Thomas Brackett Reed Politician Thomas Brackett Reed, occasionally ridiculed as Czar Reed, was a U.S. Representative from Maine, and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1889–1891 and also from 1895–1899. He was a ...more

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Thomas Glave is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Thomas Glave Editor, Writer Thomas Glave is an American author of Jamaican descent who has published widely and won numerous awards. He is also a university professor.

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George J. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
George J. Mitchell 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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Melville Fuller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Melville Fuller Politician, Lawyer Melville Weston Fuller was the eighth Chief Justice of the United States between 1888 and 1910.

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John Albion Andrew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
John Albion Andrew John Albion Andrew was an American lawyer and politician in Massachusetts. He was elected in 1860 as the 25th Governor of Massachusetts, serving between 1861 and 1866, and led the state's ...more