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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
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
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
Biologist, Professor, Researcher
Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology.

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Kenneth I. Chenault is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bowdoin College Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer
John Andrew Davis is an American film producer and founder of Davis Entertainment.