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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
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
Singer-songwriter, Singer
Peter Jozzeppi "Pete" Burns is an English singer-songwriter and television personality. He later rose to further celebrity status in the British media following his appearance on ...more
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Peter Burns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
Software Engineer
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James S. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
Programmer
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Basil W. Duke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Centre College Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
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