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Famous Davidson College Alumni

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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?”
  • 1
    Crime writer, Journalist


    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Patricia Cornwell (born Patricia Carroll Daniels; June 9, 1956) is a contemporary American crime writer. She is known for writing a best-selling series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay...  more
  • 2
    Politician, Historian

    AgeDec. at 67 (1856-1924)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was an American statesman, lawyer, and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921. A member of the...  more

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  • 3
    Novelist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 81 (1925-2006)

    BirthplaceHilton Village, Virginia, United States of America

    William Clark Styron Jr. (June 11, 1925 – November 1, 2006) was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.Styron was best known for his novels, including: Lie Down...  more
  • 4
    Singer-songwriter, Author


    Jana Maria Mashonee, (born Jana Maria Sampson; May 11, 1980), better known by her stage name, Jana, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author and philanthropist. She is originally from...  more
  • 5
    Politician, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 85 (1909-1994)

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA

    David Dean Rusk (February 9, 1909 – December 20, 1994) was the United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969 under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Rusk is one of the longest...  more
  • 6
    Spokesperson, Editor

    AgeDec. at 53 (1955-2008)

    BirthplaceBerea, Kentucky, United States of America

    Robert Anthony Snow, known as Tony Snow (June 1, 1955 – July 12, 2008), was an American journalist, political commentator, television news anchor, syndicated columnist, radio host, musician, and the...  more
  • 7


    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

    John McKee Spratt Jr. (born November 1, 1942) 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...  more
  • 8
    Astronaut, Physician


    BirthplaceStatesville, North Carolina

    Thomas Henry "Tom" Marshburn (born August 29, 1960) is an American physician and a NASA astronaut. He served as a Mission Specialist on STS-127. Marshburn was a member of the Soyuz TMA-07M crew which...  more
  • 9
    Stan Humphries is Vice President of Data and Analytics at Prior to joining Zillow, Stan spent five years at where he ran a team responsible for finding innovative ways to use...  more
  • 10


    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
  • 11


    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio

    Clayton C. Daley, Jr. (born November 6, 1951, in Canton, Ohio) retired as the vice chairman and chief financial officer of The Procter & Gamble Company effective September 16, 2009, after 35 years of...  more
  • 12
    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 48 (1945-1993)

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, United States of America

    Vincent Walker Foster Jr. (January 15, 1945 – July 20, 1993) was a Deputy White House Counsel during the first six months of President Bill Clinton's administration. He had been a partner at Rose...  more
  • 13
    Attorney at law, Lawyer


    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

    William James Haynes II (born March 30, 1958) 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...  more
  • 14
    Commentator, Author


    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Leonard Francis McAllister Jr. (born January 13, 1972) is an American political commentator for a number of newspapers and websites, including AOL and The Root. He was the 2016 Republican Candidate...  more
  • 15


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    William Wyche Fowler Jr. (born October 6, 1940) is an American former politician and diplomat. He is a member of the Democratic Party and served as a U.S. Senator from Georgia from January 1987 to...  more
  • 16
    Pharmacist, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 65 (1854-1919)

    BirthplaceSelma, North Carolina

    Lunsford Richardson, Dec 29, 1854–Aug 21, 1919, was an American pharmacist from Selma, North Carolina, and the founder of Vick Chemical Company (which became Richardson Vicks Inc.). He died August...  more
  • 17
    Basketball player


    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A six-time...  more

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  • 18
    Poet, Professor


    BirthplacePickwick Dam, Tennessee

    Charles Wright (born August 25, 1935) 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. From...  more
  • 19


    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia, United States of America

    James Grubbs "Jim" Martin (born December 11, 1935) is a retired American politician who served as the 70th Governor of North Carolina. He served from January 1985 to January 1993. He was the third...  more
  • 20


    BirthplaceVicksburg, Mississippi

    William Reynolds Ferris (born February 5, 1942) 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...  more
  • 21
    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceWaynesville, North Carolina

    Donald Davis (born 1944) 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...  more
  • 22
    David Henry Gambrell (born December 20, 1929) is an American attorney who represented Georgia in the United States Senate from 1971 through 1972....  more
  • 23
    Rufus Geddie Herring (June 11, 1921 – January 31, 1996) 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...  more
  • 24
    David Blount (born July 19, 1967) is a Democratic member of the Mississippi Senate, representing the 29th District since 2008. His present term of office will end in 2020. Prior to being a state...  more
  • 25


    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    George Gideon Oliver Osborne (born Gideon Oliver Osborne; 23 May 1971) is a British newspaper editor and former Conservative Party politician, who was Member of Parliament (MP) for Tatton from June...  more
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