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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include John S. Cooper and John C. Breckinridge.

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

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John Marshall Harlan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
John Marshall Harlan Jurist John Marshall Harlan was an American lawyer and politician from Kentucky who served as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is best known for his role as the lone dissenter in the ...more

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Pete Burns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Pete Burns Singer-songwriter, Singer Peter Jozzeppi "Pete" Burns is an English singer-songwriter and television personality. He founded the band Dead or Alive in 1980, in which he was vocalist and songwriter, and which ...more

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Peter Burns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
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James S. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
James S. Jackson Lawyer James Streshly Jackson was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

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Augustus Owsley Stanley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Augustus Owsley Stanley Politician, Lawyer Augustus Owsley Stanley I was a politician from the US state of Kentucky. A Democrat, he served as the 38th Governor of Kentucky and also represented the state in both the U.S. House of ...more

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William Alexander Richardson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
William Alexander Richardson Politician, Lawyer William Alexander Richardson was a prominent Illinois Democrat politician before and during the American Civil War. Born near Lexington, Kentucky, Richardson attended Transylvania University, ...more

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William Campbell Preston Breck... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
William Campbell Preston Breckinridge Politician, Lawyer William Campbell Preston Breckinridge was a Democratic U.S. Representative from Kentucky, a Member of the Masonic Lodge, and a Member of the Knights Templar. He was the first cousin of Vice ...more

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Beriah Magoffin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Beriah Magoffin Lawyer Beriah Magoffin was the 21st Governor of Kentucky, serving during the early part of the Civil War. Personally, Magoffin adhered to a states' rights position, including the right of a state to ...more

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Luke Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
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Basil W. Duke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Basil W. Duke Basil Wilson Duke was a Confederate general officer during the American Civil War. His most noted service in the war was as second-in-command for his brother-in-law John Hunt Morgan; Duke would ...more

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James B. McCreary is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
James B. McCreary Politician, Lawyer James Bennett McCreary was a lawyer and politician from the US state of Kentucky. He represented the state in both houses of the U.S. Congress and served as its 27th and 37th governor. Shortly ...more

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Joseph Holt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Joseph Holt Politician, Lawyer Joseph Holt was a leading member of the Buchanan administration and was Judge Advocate General of the United States Army, most notably during the Lincoln assassination trials.

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Thomas C. McCreery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Thomas C. McCreery Lawyer Thomas Clay McCreery was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Kentucky. Born at Yelvington, Kentucky., McCreery graduated from Centre College, in Danville, Kentucky, in 1837. He studied law, passed ...more

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Thomas H. Paynter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Thomas H. Paynter Judge, Lawyer Thomas Hanson Paynter was a United States Senator and Representative from Kentucky. Born on a farm near Vanceburg, Kentucky, Paynter attended the common schools, Rand's Academy, and Centre ...more

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Fred M. Vinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Fred M. Vinson Judge, Lawyer Frederick "Fred" Moore Vinson was an American politician who served the United States in all three branches of government and was the most prominent member of the Vinson political ...more

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John C. Breckinridge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
John C. Breckinridge Politician John Cabell Breckinridge was a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He represented the Commonwealth in both houses of Congress and in 1857, became the 14th and youngest-ever ...more

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George B. Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
George B. Martin Judge, Lawyer George Brown Martin, a Democrat, served as a member of the United States Senate from Kentucky. Born in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, Martin moved with his parents to Catlettsburg, Kentucky, in 1877. ...more

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Mathew Ector is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Mathew Ector Judge, Lawyer Mathew Duncan Ector was an American legislator, Texas jurist, and a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

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George Graham Vest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
George Graham Vest George Graham Vest was a U.S. politician. Born in Frankfort, Kentucky, he was known for his skills in oration and debate. Vest, a lawyer as well as a politician, served as a Missouri ...more

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Nathan L. Bachman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Nathan L. Bachman Nathan Lynn Bachman was a United States Senator from Tennessee from 1933 until his death. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

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George W. Harkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
George W. Harkins Tribal chief George W. Harkins was an attorney and prominent chief of the Choctaw tribe during the Indian removals. Elected as principal chief after the national council deposed his maternal uncle, Greenwood ...more

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John M. Robsion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
John M. Robsion John Marshall Robsion, a Republican, represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. Robsion was born in Berlin, Kentucky. He attended ...more

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Robert C. Wickliffe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Robert C. Wickliffe Politician Robert Charles Wickliffe was Lieutenant Governor and the 15th Governor of Louisiana from 1856-60.

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Boyd Winchester is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Boyd Winchester Politician, Lawyer Boyd Winchester was a United States Representative from Kentucky. He was born in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. He pursued preparatory studies and then attended Centre College in Danville, ...more

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Adlai Stevenson I is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Adlai Stevenson I Politician Adlai Ewing Stevenson I served as the 23rd Vice President of the United States. Previously, he served as a Congressman from Illinois in the late 1870s and early 1880s. After his subsequent ...more

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King Swope is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
King Swope Politician, Lawyer King Swope was a United States Representative from Kentucky. He was born in Danville, Kentucky. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky in 1914 ...more

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George Madison Adams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
George Madison Adams Politician, Lawyer George Madison Adams was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky, nephew of Green Adams. Born in Barbourville, Kentucky, Adams received private instruction from his father and studied law at Centre ...more

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Bo McMillin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Bo McMillin Alvin Nugent "Bo" McMillin was an American football player and coach, who served at both the collegiate and professional levels. He played college football at Centre College in ...more

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Richard P. Ernst is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Richard P. Ernst Richard Pretlow Ernst was a U.S. Senator from Kentucky who served from 1921 to 1927. He was a Republican. Ernst graduated from Centre College in 1878 and got his law degree from the Cincinnati ...more

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John Y. Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
John Y. Brown Politician, Lawyer John Young Brown was a politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He represented the state in the United States House of Representatives and served as its 31st governor. Brown was elected to ...more

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John Christian Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
John Christian Bullitt Lawyer John Christian Bullitt was a prominent lawyer and civic figure in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He founded the law firm known today as Drinker Biddle & Reath.

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Emmet O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Emmet O'Neal Politician Emmet O'Neal was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and an ambassador to the Philippines. A member of the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame, his brother was Louisville Mayor Joseph T.

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James M. Birney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
James M. Birney James M. Birney was an American lawyer, newspaper publisher and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He served as the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan and as the U.S. Minister to the ...more

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Ernest S. Croot III is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Ernest S. Croot III Mathematician Ernest S. Croot III is a mathematician and Associate Professor at the School of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology. He is principally known for his solution of the Erdős–Graham

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Jim German is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Jim German American football player James H. German was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Chicago Cardinals. He played college football at Centre College and was ...more

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Glover H. Cary is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Glover H. Cary Politician, Lawyer Glover H. Cary was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky. He was born in Calhoun, McLean County, Kentucky in 1885. He attended public and private schools and ...more

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Caleb Powers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Caleb Powers Politician, Lawyer Caleb Powers was a United States Representative from Kentucky and the first Secretary of State of Kentucky convicted as an accessory to murder.

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Robert Charles Wickliffe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Robert Charles Wickliffe Robert Charles Wickliffe, was a U.S. Representative from Louisiana; born in Bardstown, Kentucky, while his parents were visiting relatives; he attended the public schools of St. Francisville, ...more

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John Y. Brown, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
John Y. Brown, Sr. Lawyer John Young Brown, Sr. was an American attorney and politician. He was a state representative for nearly three decades, serving one term as speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives and as ...more

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Joseph Horace Lewis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Joseph Horace Lewis Lawyer Joseph Horace Lewis was an American lawyer, military leader and politician. He served as a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, and later a U.S. ...more

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Thomas Theodore Crittenden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Thomas Theodore Crittenden Thomas Theodore Crittenden was a United States colonel during the American Civil War, and a Democratic politician who served as the 24th Governor of Missouri from 1881 to 1885.

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William Clayton Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
William Clayton Anderson Politician, Lawyer William Clayton Anderson was a nineteenth-century lawyer and politician. He served as a United States Representative from Kentucky.

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James A. McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
James A. McKenzie Lawyer James Andrew McKenzie was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and uncle of John McKenzie Moss. Born in Bennettstown, Kentucky, McKenzie attended the common schools of Christian County and Centre ...more

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Edgar Diddle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Edgar Diddle Edgar Allen Diddle was an American college men's basketball coach. He is known for coaching at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky from 1922 to 1964. Diddle became the first ...more

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James B. Milliken is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
James B. Milliken Judge James Butler Milliken was an American jurist and Democratic politician who served as a judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals for 24 years from 1951 to 1975. During his period of service, the ...more

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Teel Bruner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Teel Bruner American football player Jack Casteel "Teel" Bruner is a former American football Safety. He was elected to the Division III College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. He currently works at St. Mary's Hospital and ...more

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Joshua Fry Bell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Joshua Fry Bell Lawyer Joshua Fry Bell was a Kentucky political figure. Bell was born in Danville, Kentucky, where he attended public schools and then Centre College, where he graduated in 1828. He next studied law in ...more

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Asa Grover is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Asa Grover Politician, Lawyer Asa Porter Grover was a United States Representative from Kentucky. He was born near Phelps, New York where he attended the common schools before moving to Kentucky in 1837. He attended Centre ...more

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George Ella Lyon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
George Ella Lyon Author George Ella Lyon is a Kentucky author who has published in many genres, including picture books, poetry, juvenile novels, and articles.

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Yi Gu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Yi Gu Prince Yi Gu was a Korean prince. He was pretender to the throne from 1970 until he died in 2005. He was the grandson of Gojong of the Joseon dynasty. Gu was born in Kitashirakawa Palace, ...more