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

Items include everything from Woodrow Wilson to Stephen Curry.

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

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Patricia Cornwell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Crime writer, Journalist, Novelist Patricia Cornwell is a contemporary American crime writer. She is widely known for writing a popular series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her books have ...more

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Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Politician, Professor, Historian Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement. A Southerner with a PhD in political science, he served as President ...more

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William Styron is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author William Clark Styron, Jr. was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work. For much of his career, Styron was best known for his novels, including: Lie Down in ...more

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Jana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor Jana Maria Mashonee, better known by her stage name, Jana, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author and philanthropist. She is originally from Robeson County, North Carolina. Jana is a ...more

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Dean Rusk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Politician, Soldier, Diplomat David Dean Rusk was the United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969 under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Rusk is the joint-second-longest serving U.S. Secretary of ...more

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Tony Snow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Spokesperson, Editor, Speechwriter Robert Anthony "Tony" Snow was an American journalist, political commentator, television news anchor, syndicated columnist, radio host, musician, and the third White House Press ...more

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John Spratt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Politician John McKee Spratt, Jr. is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district from 1983 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Spratt ...more

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Thomas Marshburn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Astronaut, Physician Thomas Henry "Tom" Marshburn is an American physician and a NASA astronaut. Marshburn was born in Statesville, North Carolina. He trained in emergency medicine and worked in emergency ...more

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Stan Humphries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Stan Humphries is Vice President of Data and Analytics at Zillow.com. Prior to joining Zillow, Stan spent five years at Expedia.com where he ran a team responsible for finding innovative ways to ...more

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James P. Whitson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Businessperson James P. Whitson is the Chief Tax Officer for Delphi Corporation. He is responsible for directing Delphi's global tax and customs planning and reporting.Prior to joining Delphi in August 1998, ...more

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Clayton Daley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Businessperson Clayton C. Daley, Jr. retired as the vice chairman and chief financial officer of The Procter & Gamble Company effective September 16, 2009, after 35 years of service. He stepped down as CFO ...more

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Vince W. Foster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Vincent Walker "Vince" Foster, Jr. was a Deputy White House Counsel during the first few months of President Bill Clinton's administration. Before that he was a partner at Rose Law ...more

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William J. Haynes, II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Attorney at law, Lawyer William James Haynes II is an American lawyer and was General Counsel of the Department of Defense during much of 43rd President George W. Bush's administration and his war on terror. Haynes ...more

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Lenny McAllister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Commentator, Author Lenny McAllister is a conservative American political commentator for a number of newspapers and websites, including AOL and The Root.

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Wyche Fowler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Lawyer William Wyche Fowler, Jr. is an American politician and ambassador. He is a member of the Democratic Party and served as U.S. Senator from Georgia from January 1987 to January 1993. He had ...more

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Lunsford Richardson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Pharmacist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur Lunsford Richardson, 1854–1919, was a U.S. pharmacist from Selma, North Carolina, and the founder of Vick Chemical Company. He died August 20, 1919.

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Basketball player Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6 ft 3 in tall ...more

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Charles Wright is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Poet, Professor, Author Charles Wright is an American poet. He shared the National Book Award in 1983 for Country Music: Selected Early Poems and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for Black Zodiac. In June 2014, he was ...more

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James G. Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Chemist James Grubbs "Jim" Martin was the 70th Governor of the state of North Carolina. He served from 1985 to 1993. He was the second Republican elected to the office after Reconstruction, ...more

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William R. Ferris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Author William Reynolds Ferris is an American author and scholar and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. With Judy Peiser he co-founded the Center for Southern Folklore in ...more

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Donald Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Novelist, Author Donald Davis is an American storyteller, author and minister. Davis had a twenty-year career as a minister before he became a professional storyteller. He has recorded over 25 storytelling ...more

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David H. Gambrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
David H. Gambrell David Henry Gambrell is a Georgia attorney who represented his state in the United States Senate from 1971 through 1972.

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Rufus G. Herring is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Rufus G. Herring Rufus Geddie Herring was a United States Naval Reserve officer and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.

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David Blount is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
David Blount is a Democratic member of the Mississippi Senate, representing the 29th District since 2008. His present term of office is to end in 2016. Prior to being a state senator, he was ...more

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George Osborne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Politician George Gideon Oliver Osborne is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury since 2010 and the Member of Parliament for ...more

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Larry McDonald is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Politician, Physician Lawrence Patton McDonald, M.D. was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Georgia's 7th congressional district as a Democrat. He was a ...more

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Mary Verner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Mary Verner is the former mayor of Spokane, Washington.

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William D. Halyburton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Sailor William David Halyburton, Jr., was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War II. He earned the medal ...more

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Margaret Hoover is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Strategist Margaret Claire Hoover is an American political commentator, political strategist, media personality, gay rights activist, and author. She is the best selling author of the book American ...more

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John Light Napier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
John Light Napier Politician, Lawyer John Light Napier is a politician, lawyer, former member of the United States House of Representatives, and judge from South Carolina.

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DuBose Porter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Editor, Lawyer DuBose Porter is the current Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia and served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1982 to 2011. He served as Minority Leader in the ...more

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Kevin Donnalley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
American football player Kevin Thomas Donnalley was an American football guard in the NFL for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Oilers, Miami Dolphins, and Carolina Panthers. Donnalley played college football at Davidson ...more

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Bertis Downs IV is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Talent manager, Lawyer Bertis Edwin Downs IV originally provided legal counsel, and then became both counselor and manager, for the rock band R.E.M., taking over from the band's long-term manager Jefferson Holt. He is ...more

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Grier Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Lawyer Grier Martin is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 34th House District. His district includes the northern part of Raleigh in Wake County. He is ...more

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E. Blackburn Moore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Farmer Edgar Blackburn "Blackie" Moore was an American politician. A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1933–1967 and was its Speaker 1950–1967, making him the second ...more

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Glenn Terrell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Glenn Terrell William Glenn Terrell, Jr. was an American academic, and the former president of Washington State University, serving from 1967–1985.

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James McNair Baker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
James McNair Baker was a lawyer, politician, and Senator from Florida in the Confederate Congress during the American Civil War.

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Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Lawyer Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's thirty-sixth North Carolina Senate district, including constituents in Cabarrus ...more

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Stephen Dodson Ramseur is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Stephen Dodson Ramseur Stephen Dodson Ramseur was a Confederate general in the American Civil War, at one point the youngest in the army. He impressed Lee by his actions at Malvern Hill and Chancellorsville, where his ...more

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Mackey J. McDonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Mackey J. McDonald Mackey J. McDonald has been a board member of Wachovia since 1997. McDonald retired from a 25-year career with VF Corporation, that included 11 years as CEO and 10 years as Chairman, on August ...more

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John J. Falconi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
John J. Falconi is vice president and chief financial officer of GE Infrastructure, a position he has held since July 2005. GE Infrastructure is a $43 billion business comprised of Aviation, ...more

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Holmes Rolston III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Philosopher Holmes Rolston III is a philosopher who is University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He is best known for his contributions to environmental ethics and the ...more

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John L. McLucas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
John Luther McLucas was United States Secretary of the Air Force from 1973 to 1975, becoming Secretary of the Air Force on July 19, 1973. He had been Acting Secretary of the Air Force since May ...more

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Michael Munger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Professor Michael Curtis "Mike" Munger is an economist and a former chair of the political science department at Duke University, where he continues to teach political science, public policy, ...more

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R. S. Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
R. S. Gwynn Poet R. S. Gwynn is an American poet and anthologist associated with New Formalism.

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William R. Trotter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
William R. Trotter Writer William R. Trotter is an American author and historian.

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Dick Snyder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Richard J. "Dick" Snyder is an American former National Basketball Association player for the St. Louis Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Snyder ...more

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Elizabeth Kiss is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Elizabeth Kiss Elizabeth Kiss is serving as the eighth president of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

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Kenneth B. Bell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Kenneth B. Bell is a former Associate Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

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Terry Holland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Davidson College Alumni
Coach Michael Terrence "Terry" Holland is an American college athletics administrator and former basketball player and coach. He is currently the Emeritus Director of Athletics and special ...more