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Famous Bowdoin College Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 19.0k views251 items

List RulesPeople 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

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur
    Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. (born October 8, 1960) is an American entrepreneur and...  more
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    Geoffrey Canada

    Educator, Author
    Geoffrey Canada (born January 13, 1952) is an American educator, social activist and author....  more
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    Alfred Kinsey

    Biologist, Professor
    Alfred Charles Kinsey (; June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist, professor...  more

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    Kenneth I. Chenault

    Businessperson
    Kenneth Irvine Chenault (born June 2, 1951) is an American business executive. He was the CEO...  more
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    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and...  more

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    Todd Siler

    Inventor, Science writer
    Todd Siler (born August 23, 1953) is an American multimedia artist, author, educator, and...  more
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    Francis Robbins Upton

    Mathematician, Physicist
    Francis Robbins Upton (1852 in Peabody, Massachusetts – March 10, 1921 in Orange, New Jersey)...  more
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    Franklin Pierce

    Politician, Lawyer
    Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th president of the United...  more

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Novelist, Writer
    Nathaniel Hawthorne (; né Hathorne; July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was an American novelist,...  more
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    Albert Dekker

    Politician, Actor
    Albert Dekker (born Thomas Albert Ecke Van Dekker; December 20, 1905 – May 5, 1968) was an...  more

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    William Cohen

    Businessperson, Politician
    William Sebastian Cohen (born August 28, 1940) is an American politician, lawyer and author...  more
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    Samuel Royal Thurston (April 15, 1816 – April 9, 1851) was an American pioneer, lawyer and...  more
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    Jonathan Cilley

    Politician, Editing
    Jonathan Cilley (July 2, 1802 – February 24, 1838) was a member of the U.S. House of...  more
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    James Lukens McConaughy (October 21, 1887 - March 7, 1948) was an American politician and the...  more
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    Gary Fred Merrill (August 2, 1915 – March 5, 1990) was an American film and television actor...  more
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    Sir Harry Oakes, 1st Baronet (23 December 1874 – 7 July 1943) was an American-born British...  more
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    James Putnam Archibald (1912 - May 28, 2006), was a judge of the Maine Supreme Judicial...  more
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    Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden (January 23, 1826 – September 28, 1868) was a U.S....  more
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    Stanley Druckenmiller

    Stanley Freeman Druckenmiller (born June 14, 1953) is an American investor, hedge fund manager...  more
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    Asa Smallidge Knowles (January 15, 1909 – August 11, 1990) was the ninth President of the...  more
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    Meredith Jung-En Woo

    Political scientist
    Meredith Jung-En Woo is a South Korean-born academic and author. She is presently the 13th...  more
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    John Brown Russwurm

    Publisher, Journalist
    John Brown Russwurm (1799–1851) was an abolitionist, newspaper publisher, and colonizer of...  more
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    Tom Allen

    Lawyer
    Thomas Hodge Allen (born April 16, 1945) is a former member of the United States House of...  more
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    Oliver Otis Howard (November 8, 1830 – October 26, 1909) was a career United States Army...  more
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    John Davis

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