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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Harvard Divinity School and be of some renown.

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

Examples of graduates on this list: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Chris Hedges and many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Harvard Divinity School?” and “Which celebrities are Harvard Divinity School alumni?”

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Poet, Author, Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient ...more

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Reza Aslan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Professor, Author, Writer Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer, scholar of religious studies and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of American Academy of ...more

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Hector Avalos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Professor, Philosopher Hector Avalos is a professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and the author of several books about religion. He is a former Pentecostal preacher and child evangelist. He has a ...more

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Samuel Longfellow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Samuel Longfellow Samuel Longfellow was an American clergyman and hymn writer.

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Theodore Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Theodore Parker was an American Transcendentalist and reforming minister of the Unitarian church. A reformer and abolitionist, his words and quotations which he popularized would later inspire ...more

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George Ripley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
George Ripley was an American social reformer, Unitarian minister, and journalist associated with Transcendentalism. He was the founder of the short-lived Utopian community Brook Farm in West ...more

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Horatio Alger, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Horatio Alger, Jr. was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many juvenile novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class ...more

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Stanwood Cobb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Stanwood Cobb was an American educator, author and prominent Bahá'í of the 20th century. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts to Darius Cobb - a Civil War soldier, artist and ...more

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Marian Walsh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Politician Marian Walsh is an American author, consultant, lawyer and former politician. She is a former State Senator in the Massachusetts Senate where she served nine terms, and a former member of the ...more

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Scotty McLennan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Chaplain, Author, Lawyer The Reverend William L. McLennan, Jr. — better known as "Scotty McLennan" — was born on November 21, 1948, son of William L. McLennan and Alice Polk Warner. He is an ordained minister, ...more

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Peter J. Gomes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Theologian, Professor, Writer Peter John Gomes was an American preacher and theologian, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard's Memorial Church — in the words of ...more

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John Hamre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Political scientist John J. Hamre is a specialist in international studies, a former Washington government official and President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a position he has ...more

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Andrew Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Statesman, Politician Andrew Monroe Rice is a civic leader and American politician from Oklahoma. He represented Senate District 46 in the Oklahoma State Senate. He was also a failed candidate for the United States ...more

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Moncure Daniel Conway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Philosopher Moncure Daniel Conway was born the second son of and old and distinguished Virginia family on March 17, 1832 in Stafford County, Virginia. He was related to the Washingtons, the Madisons, and ...more

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Robert P. George is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Professor, Law professor, Philosopher Robert Peter George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he lectures on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties and philosophy of law. He also serves as ...more

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Jacqueline Y. Collins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Journalist Jacqueline Y. Collins is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 16th district since 2003.

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Chris Hedges is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Christopher Lynn "Chris" Hedges is an American journalist, activist, author, Presbyterian minister and humanitarian. Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of several books ...more

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Greg Epstein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Greg Epstein Chaplain Greg M. Epstein is the current Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University. He is an ordained Humanist Rabbi, and he has been influential in American humanism as a blogger, spokesperson, adviser and ...more

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William Greenleaf Eliot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
William Greenleaf Eliot William Greenleaf Eliot was an American educator, Unitarian minister, and civic leader in Missouri. He is most notable for founding Washington University in St. Louis, but also contributed to ...more

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Sylvester Judd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Sylvester Judd Novelist Sylvester Judd was a Unitarian minister and an American novelist.

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John Cranley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer John Joseph Cranley is the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. A member of the Democratic Party, he was a member of the Cincinnati city council and a partner of City Lights Development. Cranley is a ...more

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John G. Palfrey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Historian John Gorham Palfrey was an American clergyman and historian who served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. A Unitarian minister, he played a leading role in the early history of Harvard ...more

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Spencer Reece is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Poet Spencer Reece is a poet who lives in Juno Beach, Florida. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University. Reece received a M.A. from the University of York, a M.T.S. from the Harvard Divinity School, ...more

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Joel Hastings Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Astronomer Joel Hastings Metcalf was an American astronomer. Metcalf graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1892. He served as a Unitarian minister in Burlington, Vermont and in Taunton, Massachusetts, ...more

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William Batchelder Greene is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
William Batchelder Greene William Batchelder Greene was a 19th-century individualist anarchist, Unitarian minister, soldier and promotor of free banking in the United States.

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James Freeman Clarke is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
James Freeman Clarke Writer James Freeman Clarke was an American theologian and author.

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Forrest Church is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Frank Forrester Church IV was a leading Unitarian Universalist minister, author, and theologian. He was Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, until late 2006 ...more

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Frederic Henry Hedge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Frederic Henry Hedge Frederic Henry Hedge was a New England Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist. He was a founder of the Transcendental Club, originally called Hedge's Club, and active in the development of ...more

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Thomas Wentworth Higginson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Thomas Wentworth Higginson Author Thomas Wentworth Higginson was an American Unitarian minister, author, abolitionist, and soldier. He was active in the American Abolitionism movement during the 1840s and 1850s, identifying ...more

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Frederic Dan Huntington is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Frederic Dan Huntington Cleric Frederic Dan Huntington was an American clergyman and the first Protestant Episcopal bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.

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Tom Chick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Tom Chick Actor Tom W. Chick is an American television and movie actor, and independent journalist. His most prominent TV roles were as Oscar's boyfriend Gil in the US version of The Office, and the ...more

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Charles S. Murkland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Charles S. Murkland Charles Sumner Murkland was the first elected President of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts following the college's move from Hanover to Durham in the United ...more

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Tori Murden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Author, Lawyer Victoria Murden McClure is an explorer who was the first woman and the first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, which she did in 1999. She was also the first woman and first ...more

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Thomas Lamb Eliot is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Reverend Thomas Lamb Eliot was an Oregon pioneer, minister of one of the first churches on the west coast of the U.S., president of the Portland Children's Home, president of the Oregon Humane ...more

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John R. Erickson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
John R. Erickson Author, Writer John Richard Erickson is an American cowboy, author, songwriter, and voice actor, best known for his classic children’s series, Hank the Cowdog. Erickson has written and published 75 books and ...more

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Jeffrey L. Seglin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Journalist Jeffrey L. Seglin is an American journalist, author and lecturer. Since 2011, he has been a faculty member and director of the communications program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government ...more

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Charles Ammi Cutter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Library science, Librarian Charles Ammi Cutter is an important figure in the history of American library science.

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George Erik Rupp is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Businessperson George Erik Rupp is an American educator and theologian, the former President of Rice University and later of Columbia University, and president of the International Rescue Committee from July ...more

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Chris Adrian is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Novelist, Writer Chris Adrian is an American author. Adrian's writing styles in short stories vary greatly; from modernist realism to pronounced lyrical allegory. His novels both tend toward surrealism, having ...more

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Harvey Cox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Professor, Sailor, Author Harvey Gallagher Cox, Jr. is one of the preeminent theologians in the United States and served as Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School, until his retirement in ...more

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Edmund Sears is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Edmund Sears Edmund Hamilton Sears was an American Unitarian parish minister and author who wrote a number of theological works influencing 19th century liberal Protestants. Sears is known today primarily as ...more

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Edward Rowland Sill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Edward Rowland Sill Songwriter Edward Rowland Sill was an American poet and educator.

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George Bradburn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
George Bradburn George Bradburn was an American politician and Unitarian minister in Massachusetts known for his support for abolitionism and women's rights. He attended the 1840 conference on Anti-Slavery in ...more

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Samuel Atkins Eliot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Samuel Atkins Eliot, was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts. Eliot was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1798, and was the son of banker Samuel Eliot. He ...more

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Samuel J. Barrows is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Samuel J. Barrows Samuel June Barrows was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Barrows was born in New York City to a strict Baptist family. After his father's death, Barrows was sent to school until he ...more

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Edward John Carnell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Edward John Carnell Philosopher Edward John Carnell was a prominent Christian theologian and apologist, was an ordained Baptist pastor, and served as President of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He was the ...more

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Mordecai Wyatt Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Mordecai Wyatt Johnson was an American educator and pastor. He served as the first black president of Howard University, from 1926 until 1960. Johnson has been considered one of the three ...more

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Stephen Charles Mott is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Stephen Charles Mott Writer Stephen Charles Mott is a teacher among Evangelical Christians in the U.S. in the teaching and academic study of social ethics since the early 1970s. He has a BD degree from Wheaton College, ...more

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Charles Carroll Everett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
Charles Carroll Everett Charles Carroll Everett was an American divine and philosopher. Everett graduated from Bowdoin College in 1850, after which he studied at the University of Berlin. He subsequently took a degree ...more

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John Haynes Holmes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Harvard Divinity School Alumni
John Haynes Holmes Pacifism, Writer John Haynes Holmes was a prominent Unitarian minister, pacifist, and co-founder of the NAACP and the ACLU. He is noted for his anti-war activism.