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

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

This list is made up of graduates like Cam Newton and Amy Grant.

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

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Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
American football player Cameron Lemark Newton is a former American football safety. He played college football at Furman and was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Newton was also a ...more

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Charles Hard Townes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Charles Hard Townes was an American Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor. Townes was known for his work on the theory and application of the maser, on which he got the fundamental patent, ...more

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Mark Sanford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Politician, Real Estate Broker Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford, Jr. is an American politician and member of the Republican Party. He currently serves as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 1st congressional ...more

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Earl Paulk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Televangelist, Pastor Earl Pearly Paulk, Jr. was the founder of the Cathedral at Chapel Hill, a charismatic/Pentecostal megachurch in Decatur, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Noted as "one of the country’s first ...more

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Ben Browder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor Robert Benedict "Ben" Browder is an American actor and writer, known for his roles as John Crichton in Farscape and Cameron Mitchell in Stargate SG-1.

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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Amy Lee Grant is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, media personality and actress, best known for performing Christian music. She has been referred to as "The Queen of ...more

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Michael Guest is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Diplomat Michael E. Guest was an openly gay U.S. Ambassador to Romania during the Bush Presidency. Guest was sworn in by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on September 18, 2001 and took up his duties ...more

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Clint Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Footballer Clinton Drew Dempsey is a retired American professional soccer player and forward. During his career, he played in England for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, and in Major League Soccer for New ...more

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Albert Ernest Radford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Botanist Albert Ernest Radford was an American botanist active in the Southeastern United States. He was best known for his work as senior author of Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas, the ...more

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Keith Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Conductor, Composer Keith Lockhart is a music composer. He is the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

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Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Comedian, Satirist, Actor Victoria Lynn Jackson-Wessel is an American comedian, actress, satirist, singer and internet blogger best known as a cast member of the NBC television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live ...more

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John B. Watson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Psychologist John Broadus Watson was an American psychologist who established the psychological school of behaviorism. Watson promoted a change in psychology through his address Psychology as the Behaviorist ...more

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Baron Hill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Politician, Financial Analyst Baron Paul Hill is the former U.S. Representative for Indiana's 9th congressional district, serving from 1999 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district ...more

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Brad Cox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Computer scientist Brad Cox is a computer scientist and Ph.D. of mathematical biology known mostly as the inventor of the Objective-C programming language and for his work in software engineering and software ...more

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Richard Riley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Richard Wilson Riley is an American politician, the United States Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton and the 111th Governor of South Carolina. He is a member of the Democratic

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John Michael McConnell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
John Michael "Mike" McConnell is a former vice admiral in the United States Navy. During his naval career he served as Director of the National Security Agency from 1992 to 1996. His ...more

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Alexander Stubb is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Politician Cai-Göran Alexander Stubb is a Finnish politician who has been Prime Minister of Finland and leader of the National Coalition Party since 2014. From 2004 to 2008, Stubb was a Member of the ...more

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Drew Moor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Drew Moor is an American soccer player who currently plays for, and serves as team captain for Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

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Tom Mastny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Baseball player Thomas Raymond Mastny is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. He stands 6 feet, 6 inches in height and weighs 220 pounds. Mastny is the only Indonesian-born player in ...more

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Ingle Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Ingle Martin American football player Harry Ingle Martin, IV is an American former college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for three seasons during the early 2000s. Martin ...more

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Clement Haynsworth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Judge Clement Furman Haynsworth, Jr., was a United States judge and an unsuccessful nominee for the United States Supreme Court.

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Edward Earl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Mathematician, Chemist, Computer scientist

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Wilton E. Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Wilton Earle Hall was a United States Senator from South Carolina. Born in Starr, South Carolina, he attended the public schools and Furman University. He founded a morning newspaper in ...more

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Xavier Woods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Wrestler Austin Watson is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE under the ring name Xavier Woods. Upon joining the company, he was assigned to its developmental territory ...more

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John Calhoun Sheppard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
John Calhoun Sheppard John Calhoun Sheppard was the 82nd Governor of South Carolina from July 10, 1886 to November 30, 1886. Sheppard was born in Edgefield County and attended Bethel Academy in Edgefield. Upon ...more

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Roger C. Peace is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Roger Craft Peace was a United States Senator from South Carolina. Born in Greenville, he attended the public schools and graduated from Furman University in 1919. He was a newspaper reporter, ...more

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Hans Einstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Physician Hans E. Einstein was the foremost authority on the lung disease Valley Fever. He lived in Bakersfield, California, USA. He was related to Albert Einstein: Hans's grandfather and Albert were ...more

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Brad Faxon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Golfer Bradford John Faxon, Jr. is an American professional golfer. He has won eight times on the PGA Tour.

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Nick Theodore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Nick Theodore Businessperson, Politician Nick Andrew Theodore is a former politician from South Carolina. He was a State representative from 1963 to 1966 and 1970 to 1978, a South Carolina state senator from 1967 to 1968 and 1981 to ...more

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Orlando Ruff is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Orlando Ruff American football player Orlando Bernarda Ruff is a former American football player who played linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns. In college he played for Furman University, ...more

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William Dimitrouleas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
William Dimitrouleas Judge William P. Dimitrouleas is a United States federal judge. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Dimitrouleas received a B.A. from Furman University in 1973 and a J.D. from the University of Florida ...more

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David Whitehurst is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
David Whitehurst American football player Charles David Whitehurst is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 8th round of the 1977 NFL Draft. A ...more

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Joseph H. Earle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Judge Joseph Haynsworth Earle was a United States Senator from South Carolina.

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Betsy Byars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Betsy Cromer Byars is an American author of children's books. Her novel Summer of the Swans won the 1971 Newbery Medal. She has also received a National Book Award in category Children's Fiction ...more

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Sam Wyche is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Coach, American football player Samuel David "Sam" Wyche is a former American football player and current coach at Pickens High School in South Carolina. Wyche is a former player and former head coach for the ...more

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Sergei Raad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Sergei Raad is a Russian footballer who currently plays for FC JAX Destroyers in the USL Premier Development League.

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Stanford Jennings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Stanford Jennings American football player Stanford Jamison Jennings is a former American football running back in the NFL. Jennings played seven seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, and one each for the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa ...more

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Tom Wham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Tom Wham American football player Thomas Arthur "Tom" Wham was a professional American football defensive end for the Chicago Cardinals in the National Football League.

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William H. Perry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer William Hayne Perry was a United States Representative from South Carolina. He was born in Greenville, South Carolina, where he attended Greenville Academy, and graduated from Furman University ...more

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Issachar Jacox Roberts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Issachar Jacox Roberts was a Southern Baptist missionary in 19th-century China. Roberts was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, and graduated from Furman University, a Baptist school in ...more

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Chris Rickwood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Chris Rickwood Composer

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Fred Sturgis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Fred Sturgis serves as a Managing Director at H.I.G. Ventures where he is primarily focused on enterprise software and services investments for the firm. Fred has extensive experience advising ...more

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Luther Broughton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Luther Broughton American football player Luther Rashard Broughton, Jr. is a former American football tight end in the National Football League who played for the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles. He graduated and played ...more

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Cecil Staton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Cecil Pope Staton, Jr. served five terms as an elected official in the U.S. state of Georgia. He was a member of the Republican Party and served in the Georgia Senate representing the 18th ...more

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Maurice Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Maurice Bloomfield Maurice Bloomfield, Ph.D., LL.D. was an American philologist and Sanskrit scholar.

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E. Jean Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
E. Jean Walker is an American academic, and the former President of Virginia Highlands Community College. Walker graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Furman University in 1957. She received ...more

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John Barry Nusum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Footballer John Barry Nusum is an American-born Bermudian soccer player who currently plays for Bermuda Hogges in the USL Premier Development League.

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Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Inventor Thomas Toliver Goldsmith, Jr. was an American television pioneer, the co-inventor of the first arcade game to use a cathode ray tube, and a professor of physics at Furman University.

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Robert T. Ashmore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Lawyer Robert Thomas Ashmore was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, cousin of John D. Ashmore. Born on a farm near Greenville, South Carolina, Ashmore attended the public schools of Greenville. ...more

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Beth Daniel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Furman University Alumni
Golfer Beth Daniel is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1979 and won 33 LPGA Tour events, including one major championship, during her career. She is a member of ...more