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

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

These graduates, like Michael C. Hall and Charles Francis Jenkins include images when available.

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

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Charles Francis Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Charles Francis Jenkins Businessperson, Inventor Charles Francis Jenkins was an American pioneer of early cinema and one of the inventors of television, though he used mechanical rather than electronic technologies. His businesses included ...more

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Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Michael C. Hall Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Michael Carlyle Hall is an American actor, known for his role as Dexter Morgan in the Showtime TV Network Dexter, and as David Fisher on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. In 2010, Hall won a ...more

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Justin R. Cannon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Justin R. Cannon Pastor Justin Russell Cannon is an American clergyman and the founding director of Inclusive Orthodoxy, an affirming outreach ministry to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Christians centered on his ...more

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John S. Allen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
John S. Allen Professor, Astronomer John Stuart Allen was an American astronomer, university professor and university president. He was a native of Indiana, and pursued a career as a professor of astronomy after receiving his ...more

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Warder Clyde Allee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Warder Clyde Allee Scientist Warder Clyde Allee was an American ecologist. He is recognized to be one of the great pioneers of American ecology. As an accomplished zoologist and ecologist, Allee was best known and ...more

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Manning Marable is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Manning Marable Political scientist, Author, Writer William Manning Marable was an American professor of public affairs, history and African-American Studies at Columbia University. Marable founded and directed the Institute for Research in ...more

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Wendell Meredith Stanley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Wendell Meredith Stanley Chemist Wendell Meredith Stanley was an American biochemist, virologist and Nobel laureate.

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Joseph Henry Kibbey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Joseph Henry Kibbey Lawyer Joseph Henry Kibbey was an American attorney who served as Associate Justice of the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court from 1889 to 1893 and Governor of Arizona Territory from 1905 to 1909. His ...more

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Christopher Benfey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Christopher Benfey Literary critic, Writer Christopher Benfey is an American literary critic and Emily Dickinson scholar. He is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.

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Edwin Way Teale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Edwin Way Teale Author, Naturalist, Writer Edwin Way Teale was an American naturalist, photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Teale's works serve as primary source material documenting environmental conditions across North ...more

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Jacob Piatt Dunn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Jacob Piatt Dunn Historian Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr. was an American historian, journalist, and author. A political writer and reformer, Dunn worked on ballot reform issues based on the Australian ballot system, authored a new ...more

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Frances Moore Lappé is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Frances Moore Lappé Author, Writer Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. She is the co-founder of three national organizations that explore the roots of ...more

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Peter Suber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Peter Suber Philosopher Peter Dain Suber is a philosopher specializing in the philosophy of law and open access to knowledge. He is fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and director of the Harvard ...more

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David Rovics is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
David Rovics Singer David Rovics is an American indie singer/songwriter. His music concerns topical subjects such as the 2003 Iraq war, anti-globalization and social justice issues. Rovics has been an outspoken ...more

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Robert Quine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Robert Quine Guitarist, Musician Robert Wolfe Quine was an American guitarist, known for his innovative guitar solos. A native of Akron, Ohio, Quine worked with a wide range of musicians, though he himself remained relatively ...more

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David W. Dennis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
David W. Dennis Politician, Lawyer David Worth Dennis II was an attorney and Republican United States Representative from Indiana. He was born in Washington, D.C. and was named for his grandfather, David Worth Dennis who had been ...more

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Mary Haas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Mary Haas Linguist, Anthropologist Mary Rosamund Haas was an American linguist who specialized in North American Indian languages, Thai, and historical linguistics.

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Mat Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Mat Johnson Novelist, Author, Writer Mat Johnson is an American writer of literary fiction who works in both prose and the comics format. In 2007, he was named the first USA James Baldwin Fellow by the United States Artists

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Peter D. Klein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Peter D. Klein Philosopher Peter David Klein is a professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Peter Klein received a BA at Earlham College, and a PhD from Yale University. He is ...more

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Frederick Van Nuys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Frederick Van Nuys Frederick Van Nuys was a United States Senator from Indiana. Born in Falmouth, he attended the public schools and graduated from Earlham College in 1898 and from the predecessor of the now ...more

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John Porter East is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
John Porter East Politician John Porter East was a Republican U.S. senator from the state of North Carolina from 1981 until his suicide in 1986. A paraplegic since 1955, because of polio, East was a professor of political ...more

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Joseph M. Dixon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Joseph M. Dixon Joseph Moore Dixon was a Republican politician from Montana. He served as a Representative, Senator, and the seventh Governor of Montana. A businessman and a modernizer of Quaker heritage, Dixon ...more

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Zitkala-Sa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Zitkala-Sa Writer Zitkala-Ša, also known by the missionary-given name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was a Sioux writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist. She wrote several works chronicling her ...more

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Thomas Trueblood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Thomas Trueblood Thomas Clarkson Trueblood was an American professor of elocution and oratory and the first coach of the University of Michigan golf and debate teams. He was affiliated with the University of ...more

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Olive Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Olive Rush Olive Rush was an illustrator, muralist, and an important pioneer in Native American Art Education.

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Richard Elihu Sloan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Richard Elihu Sloan Richard Elihu Sloan was an American jurist and politician, who served as Associate Justice on the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court, a United States District Court judge and as the 17th and ...more

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Eva Feldman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Eva Feldman Scientist Eva Lucille Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. is an American physician and the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan's School of Medicine. She is director of the A. ...more

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Ralph Caplan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Ralph Caplan Novelist, Author Ralph Caplan, born January 4, 1925, in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, is a design consultant, writer, and public speaker. In 1941, Caplan entered Earlham College for a semester, then enlisted in the ...more

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Andrea Seabrook is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Andrea Seabrook Journalist Andrea Seabrook is an American radio reporter who formerly worked for NPR. She began hosting weekend broadcasts of that organization's signature news magazine All Things Considered on September ...more

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Andrés Thomas Conteris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
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Bill Lippert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Bill Lippert Politician William J. Lippert, Jr., commonly known as Bill Lippert, is a legislator and gay rights activist from the U.S. state of Vermont who has served since 1994 in the Vermont House of Representatives ...more

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Jonathan Clark Rogers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Jonathan Clark Rogers Jonathan Clark Rogers was President of the University of Georgia in Athens from 1949 until 1950.

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Charles B. Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Charles B. Timberlake Charles Bateman Timberlake was a U.S. Representative from Colorado. Born in Wilmington, Ohio, Timberlake attended the common schools and Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana from 1871 to 1874. He ...more

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Marc Reisner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Marc Reisner Writer Marc Reisner was an American environmentalist and writer best known for his book Cadillac Desert, a history of water management in the American West. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the ...more

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Mark Drabenstott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Mark Drabenstott Banker Mark Drabenstott is a vice-president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the director of the Center for the Study of Rural America. Drabenstott is also chair of the National Policy ...more

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Jackson Bailey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Jackson Bailey Historian Jackson H. Bailey was an American academic who was noted expert in Japanese history, culture, and Japanese-American relations. Bailey was a professor of history at Earlham College from 1959 ...more

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Larry E. Overman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Larry E. Overman Larry E. Overman is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. He was born in Chicago in 1943. Overman obtained a B.A. degree from Earlham College in 1965. and ...more

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Donald N. Wood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Donald N. Wood

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Greg Porter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Greg Porter Greg Porter is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 96th District since 1992.

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Jim Fowler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Jim Fowler Jim Fowler is a professional zoologist and was host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Fowler spent his youth in the Town of Falls Church, VA exploring all ...more

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Raymond S. Springer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Raymond S. Springer Raymond Smiley Springer was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. Born on a farm in Rush County, near Dunreith, Indiana, Springer attended the public schools, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, ...more

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Carl W. Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Carl W. Ackerman Carl William Ackerman was an American journalist, author and educational administrator, the first dean of the Columbia School of Journalism. In 1919, as a correspondent of the Public Ledger of ...more

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Peter Lasersohn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Peter Lasersohn Peter Lasersohn is a professor of linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Albert R. Hall is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Albert R. Hall Albert Richardson Hall was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

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Henry U. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Henry U. Johnson Henry Underwood Johnson was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. Born in Cambridge City, Indiana, Johnson attended the Centerville Collegiate Institute and Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. He ...more

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Bebe Miller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Bebe Miller Bebe Miller is an American choreographer, dancer and director.

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William A. Hadley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
William A. Hadley William Allen Hadley is the founder of the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, Illinois When you think of the other fellow only and not yourself, your own problem fades into insignificance; ...more

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Maurice Manning is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Maurice Manning Poet, Professor, Writer Maurice Manning is an American poet. His first collection of poems, Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award, chosen by W.S. Merwin. Since then he has published ...more

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Jesse Cohn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
Jesse Cohn Jesse Sheppard Cohn is an academic and author of the work Anarchism and the Crisis of Representation. Cohn earned his bachelor's degree in English literature from Earlham College in 1994 before ...more

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John Turitzin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Earlham College Alumni
John Turitzin John Turitzin is a corporate executive currently working at Marvel Entertainment. John Turitzin was born on September 5, 1955. He attended and graduated from Earlham College. In 1981, he ...more