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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
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: 58

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. (born October 8, 1960) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Netflix and serves on the boards of Facebook and a ...more
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Geoffrey Canada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Educator, Author, Writer

Age: 67

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Geoffrey Canada (born January 13, 1952) 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 ...more
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Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Biologist, Professor, Researcher

Age: Dec. at 62 (1894-1956)

Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey

Alfred Charles Kinsey (; June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at ...more

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Kenneth I. Chenault is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 67

Birthplace: Mineola, New York

Kenneth Irvine Chenault (born June 2, 1951) is an American business executive. He was the CEO and Chairman of American Express from 2001 until 2018. He is the third African American CEO of a ...more
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Henry Wadsworth Longfell... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Poet, Professor, Writer

Age: Dec. at 75 (1807-1882)

Birthplace: Portland, Maine

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was ...more

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Todd Siler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Inventor, Science writer, Writer

Age: 65

Todd Siler (born August 23, 1953) 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 ...more
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Francis Robbins Upton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 69 (1852-1921)

Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts

Francis Robbins Upton (1852 in Peabody, Massachusetts – March 10, 1921 in Orange, New Jersey) was an American physicist and mathematician. Upton worked alongside Thomas Edison in the development ...more
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Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 65 (1804-1869)

Birthplace: Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States of America

Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th president of the United States (1853–1857), a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to ...more

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Nathaniel Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 60 (1804-1864)

Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts

Nathaniel Hawthorne (; né Hathorne; July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel ...more

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Albert Dekker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Politician, Actor

Age: Dec. at 63 (1905-1968)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Albert Dekker (born Thomas Albert Ecke Van Dekker; December 20, 1905 – May 5, 1968) was an American character actor and politician best known for his roles in Dr. Cyclops, The Killers, Kiss Me ...more

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William Cohen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Author

Age: 78

Birthplace: Bangor, Maine, USA

William Sebastian Cohen (born August 28, 1940) is an American politician, lawyer and author from the U.S. state of Maine. A Republican, Cohen served as both a member of the United States House ...more
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Samuel Thurston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 36 (1815-1851)

Birthplace: Monmouth, Maine, United States of America

Samuel Royal Thurston (April 15, 1816 – April 9, 1851) was an American pioneer, lawyer and politician. He was the first delegate from the Oregon Territory to the United States Congress and was ...more
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Jonathan Cilley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Politician, Editing, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 36 (1802-1838)

Birthplace: Nottingham, New Hampshire, United States of America

Jonathan Cilley (July 2, 1802 – February 24, 1838) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine. He served part of one term in the 25th Congress, and died as the result of a ...more
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James L. McConaughy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 61 (1887-1948)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

James Lukens McConaughy (October 21, 1887 - March 7, 1948) 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
Actor

Age: Dec. at 75 (1915-1990)

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Gary Fred Merrill (August 2, 1915 – March 5, 1990) was an American film and television actor whose credits included more than 50 feature films, a half-dozen mostly short-lived TV series, and ...more
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Harry Oakes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 69 (1874-1943)

Birthplace: Sangerville, Maine

Sir Harry Oakes, 1st Baronet (23 December 1874 – 7 July 1943) was an American-born British Canadian gold mine owner, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He earned his fortune in Canada ...more
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James Archibald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 94 (1912-2006)

James Putnam Archibald (1912 - May 28, 2006), 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 ...more
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T. A. D. Fessenden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 42 (1826-1868)

Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America

Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden (January 23, 1826 – September 28, 1868) was a U.S. Representative from Maine, the son of abolitionist legislator Samuel Fessenden, and brother of Treasury ...more
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Stanley Druckenmiller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Stanley Druckenmiller

Age: 65

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stanley Freeman Druckenmiller (born June 14, 1953) is an American investor, hedge fund manager and philanthropist. He is the former chairman and president of Duquesne Capital, which he founded ...more
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Asa S. Knowles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 81 (1909-1990)

Asa Smallidge Knowles (January 15, 1909 – August 11, 1990) was the ninth President of the University of Toledo and the third President of Northeastern University. A graduate of Thayer Academy, ...more
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Meredith Jung-En Woo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Political scientist

Age: 61

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Meredith Jung-En Woo is a South Korean-born academic and author. She is presently the 13th and current President of Sweet Briar College, and is the former director of the International Higher ...more
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John Brown Russwurm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Publisher, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 52 (1799-1851)

Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica

John Brown Russwurm (1799–1851) was an abolitionist, newspaper publisher, and colonizer of Liberia where he moved from the United States. He was born in Jamaica to an English father and enslaved ...more
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Tom Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 73

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Northern New England, New England, United States of America, Cumberland County, + more

Thomas Hodge Allen (born April 16, 1945) 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
Historian

Age: Dec. at 79 (1830-1909)

Birthplace: Leeds, Maine

Oliver Otis Howard (November 8, 1830 – October 26, 1909) 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, ...more
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John Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

John Andrew Davis (born July 20, 1954) is an American film producer and founder of Davis Entertainment.