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Famous Hanover College Alumni

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

A factual list, featuring graduates like Ginnifer Goodwin and Woody Harrelson.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Hanover College?” and “Which celebrities are Hanover College alumni?”
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    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Jennifer Michelle "Ginnifer" Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for her starring role as Margene Heffman in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011) and Snow White /...  more

    #999 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#8 of 33 The 33 Most Stunning And Odd-Looking Women#42 of 84 The Best Voiceover Performances in Film

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    Woody Harrelson

    Businessperson, Actor


    BirthplaceMidland, Texas, United States of America

    Woodrow Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor and playwright. His breakout role came in 1985 as bartender Woody Boyd in the television sitcom Cheers. He later became known for his...  more

    #26 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today#109 of 391 The 100+ Funniest People Of All Time#9 of 170 The Best Living American Actors

  • 3

    AgeDec. at 85 (1844-1930)


    Harvey Washington Wiley (October 18, 1844 – June 16, 1930) was a noted American chemist best known for his leadership in the passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and his subsequent...  more
  • 4

    Carol Shields

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 68 (1935-2003)

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois

    Carol Ann Shields, (June 2, 1935 – July 16, 2003) was an American-born Canadian novelist and short story writer. She is best known for her 1993 novel The Stone Diaries, which won the U.S. Pulitzer...  more
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    James A. Spencer



    James A. Spencer is a vice president of Delphi Corporation and president, Delphi Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture. He is responsible for regional coordination in South America and Mexico in...  more
  • 6

    Fredric Brown

    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 65 (1906-1972)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Fredric Brown (October 29, 1906 – March 11, 1972) was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He is known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form—stories of 1 to...  more
  • 7

    John Merle Coulter

    Science writer, Botanist

    AgeDec. at 77 (1851-1928)

    BirthplaceNingbo, China

    John Merle Coulter, Ph. D. (November 20, 1851 – December 23, 1928) was an American botanist and educator. In his career in education administration, Coulter is notable for serving as the president of...  more
  • 8

    Mike Pence

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceColumbus, Indiana, United States of America

    Michael Richard Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 48th vice president of the United States, leaving office on January 20, 2021. He previously was the...  more

    Mike Pence's Relationship With Women Is Even Stranger Than You Already Thought#57 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#193 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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    Albert Gallatin Porter (April 20, 1824 – May 3, 1897) was an American politician who served as the 19th Governor of Indiana from 1881 to 1885 and as a United States Congressman from 1859 to 1863....  more
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    Walter L. Fisher


    AgeDec. at 73 (1862-1935)

    BirthplaceWheeling, West Virginia, United States of America

    Walter Lowrie Fisher (July 4, 1862 – November 9, 1935) was United States Secretary of the Interior under President William Howard Taft from 1911 to 1913. Fisher was born July 4, 1862 in Wheeling,...  more
  • 11

    William Hayden English

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 73 (1822-1896)

    BirthplaceLexington Township, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Indiana

    William Hayden English (August 27, 1822 – February 7, 1896) was an American politician. He served as a U.S. Representative from Indiana and was the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in...  more
  • 12

    Reginald H. Thomson

    Civil engineer, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 93 (1856-1949)

    BirthplaceHanover, Hanover Township, Indiana

    Reginald Heber Thomson (usually R.H. Thomson; 1856 – January 7, 1949) was a self-taught American civil engineer. He worked in Washington state, mainly in Seattle, where he became city engineer in...  more
  • 13


    BirthplaceWalkerton, Lincoln Township, Indiana

    Walter Fredrick LaFeber (born August 30, 1933) is the Andrew H. and James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus in the Department of History at Cornell University. Previous to that...  more
  • 14

    AgeDec. at 81 (1874-1956)

    BirthplaceBurlington, Kentucky, United States of America

    Arthur Blythe Rouse (June 20, 1874 – January 25, 1956) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky....  more
  • 15

    AgeDec. at 66 (1819-1885)

    BirthplaceFultonham, Newton Township, Ohio, United States of America

    Thomas Andrews Hendricks (September 7, 1819 – November 25, 1885) was an American politician and lawyer from Indiana who served as the 16th governor of Indiana from 1873 to 1877 and the 21st vice...  more
  • 16

    James Graham Brown


    AgeDec. at 87 (1881-1969)

    BirthplaceMadison, Indiana

    James Graham Brown (August 18, 1881 — March 20, 1969) was an American businessman and real estate developer best known as the builder of the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky and for his...  more
  • 17

    Brett Dietz

    American football player


    BirthplaceVilla Hills, Kentucky

    Brett Dietz (born October 8, 1981) is a former American football quarterback. He was signed by the Turku Trojans as a street free agent in 2004. He played college football at Hanover. Dietz has also...  more
  • 18

    William Bell Riley

    William Bell Riley (March 22, 1861 in Greene County, Indiana, USA – December 5, 1947 in Golden Valley, Minnesota) was known as "The Grand Old Man of Fundamentalism." After being educated at normal...  more
  • 19

    William Ross Wallace

    William Ross Wallace (1819 – May 5, 1881) was an American poet, with Scottish roots, best known for writing "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World"....  more
  • 20

    Bertha Lewis

    Bertha Lewis (born 1951) is the founder and president of the Black Institute, an 'action tank' whose mission is 'to shape intellectual discourse and dialogue and impact public policy uniquely from a...  more
  • 21

    Greenleaf Fisk

    Greenleaf Fisk (1807–1888) was a pioneer, known as “the Father of Brownwood, Texas”. When a land and water dispute necessitated a new site for Brown County's seat of Brownwood, Fisk donated the...  more