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

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

A list made up of graduates like Matt Hughes and William Jennings Bryan.

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

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William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Orator William Jennings Bryan was a dominant force in the populist wing of the Democratic Party, standing three times as the Party's candidate for President of the United States. He served two terms as ...more

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John Wesley Powell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Soldier, Geologist, Explorer John Wesley Powell was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is ...more

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Richard Yates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Politician Richard Yates was the Governor of Illinois during the American Civil War and has been considered the greatest war governor during that period. When the war began Gov. Yates sent more troops to ...more

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John Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
John Davis Politician, Writer John Davis was a U.S. Representative from Kansas.

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Brian Sherwin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Art critic Brian Sherwin is an American art critic, writer, and blogger with a degree from Illinois College in 2003. Sherwin is a founding Management Team member of the artist social networking site ...more

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Richard Yates, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Richard Yates, Jr. was the 22nd Governor of Illinois from 1901 to 1905. From 1919 to 1933, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois. Although he failed to receive his party's ...more

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Paul Findley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Paul Findley Politician Paul Findley is a former United States Representative from Illinois, who represented its 20th District. A Republican, he was first elected in 1960. Findley lost his seat in 1982 to current ...more

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Bob Schillerstrom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Bob Schillerstrom Politician, Attorney at law Robert Schillerstrom is an American politician and the former DuPage County, Illinois Board Chairman. He currently resides in Naperville, Illinois, and has been a resident of DuPage County for ...more

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Nancy Farmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Nancy Farmer Politician Nancy Farmer was the 43rd State Treasurer of Missouri, serving from 2001 to 2005. Farmer was raised in Jacksonville, Illinois and graduated from Illinois College there in 1979. From 1993-97, she ...more

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William Herndon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
William Herndon William Henry Herndon was the law partner and biographer of Abraham Lincoln. He was an early member of the new Republican Party and was elected mayor of Springfield, Illinois.

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Steven Richard Mills is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Steven Richard Mills Steven R. Mills has been an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. He joined ADM in 1979 and has 29 years of finance experience.

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William E. Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
William E. Williams William Elza Williams was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. Born near Detroit, Illinois, Williams attended the public schools and Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois. He studied law. He ...more

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Thomas K. Beecher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Illinois College Alumni
Thomas K. Beecher Thomas K. Beecher was a preacher and the principal of several schools. He was a traveling man, living in many places such as: Litchfield, Connecticut, Boston, Massachusetts, Cincinnati, Ohio, ...more