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

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

List contains graduates like Paul Newman and Jonathan Winters.

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

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous ...more

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Jonathan Winters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Painter, Soldier, Comedian Jonathan Harshman Winters III was an American comedian, actor, author, and artist. Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label. He also had records ...more

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Allison Janney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Musician, Actor, Voice acting Allison Brooks Janney is an American actress. She is a six-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for her television work and has won a Drama Desk Award and received two Tony Award nominations for her ...more

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Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States. As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to ...more

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Olof Palme is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Politician Sven Olof Joachim Palme was a Swedish Social Democratic politician, statesman and prime minister. A longtime protégé of Prime Minister Tage Erlander, Palme led the Swedish Social ...more

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Rodney Morison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
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William Rehnquist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Judge, Historian, Jurist William Hubbs Rehnquist was an American lawyer, jurist, and political figure who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the 16th Chief Justice of ...more

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Edwin M. Stanton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Edwin McMasters Stanton was an American lawyer and politician who served as Secretary of War under the Lincoln Administration during most of the American Civil War. Stanton's effective ...more

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Coles Phillips is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Clarence Coles Phillips was an American artist and illustrator who signed his early works C. Coles Phillips, but after 1911 worked under the abbreviated name, Coles Phillips. He is known for his ...more

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Josh Radnor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director Joshua Thomas "Josh" Radnor is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for portraying Ted Mosby on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS sitcom How I Met ...more

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Eric Gaskins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Fashion designer Eric Gaskins is a New York based fashion designer known for his craftsmanship and technique. Gaskins was born in Germany and grew up in Groton, MA. He attended Lawrence Academy and graduated ...more

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William H. Gass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Novelist, Essayist, Writer William Howard Gass is an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and former philosophy professor. He has written three novels, three collections of short stories, a collection ...more

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Randall Jarrell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Randall Jarrell was an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, novelist, and the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title ...more

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Nick Bakay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Nicholas "Nick" Bakay is an American writer, actor, voice actor, comedian and sportscaster. He is known as the voice of Salem Saberhagen on ABC/The WB's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and ...more

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Robert Mezey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet, Translator, Writer Robert Mezey is an American poet, critic and academic. He is also a noted translator, in particular from Spanish, having translated with Richard Barnes the collected poems of Borges. He was born ...more

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E. L. Doctorow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Editor, Professor, Novelist Edgar Lawrence "E. L." Doctorow is an American author. He is known internationally for his unique works of historical fiction.

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Carl Djerassi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Chemist, Professor, Scientist Carl Djerassi was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, and playwright best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills.

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Robert Lowell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer Robert Traill Spence Lowell IV was an American poet. He was born into a Boston Brahmin family that could trace its origins back to the Mayflower. His family, past and present, were important ...more

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Zack Space is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Politician Zachary T. "Zack" Space is an American politician and the former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 18th congressional district, serving from 2007 until 2011. He is a member of the ...more

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James Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet James Arlington Wright was an American poet.

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Anthony Hecht is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet, Translator Anthony Evan Hecht was an American poet. His work combined a deep interest in form with a passionate desire to confront the horrors of 20th century history, with the Second World War, in which ...more

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John Hattendorf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Historian John Brewster Hattendorf is an American naval historian. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than forty books on British and American maritime history and naval warfare. In ...more

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Charles Griffin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Charles Griffin was a career officer in the United States Army and a Union general in the American Civil War. He rose to command a corps in the Army of the Potomac and fought in many of the key ...more

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Bill Watterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Cartoonist William Boyd "Bill" Watterson II is an American cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. Watterson stopped drawing Calvin ...more

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John Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer John Michael Green is an American author of young adult fiction, YouTube video blogger, historian and creator of online educational videos. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, ...more

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John W. Snow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
John William Snow was the CEO of CSX Corporation, and served as the 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury under U.S. President George W. Bush. He replaced Secretary Paul O'Neill on ...more

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Robert W Goldman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Businessperson Robert Goldman joined the Tesoro Board of Directors in 2004 and is Vice President, Finance for the World Petroleum Congress. Mr. Goldman previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief ...more

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Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Thomas Stanley Matthews, known as Stanley Matthews, was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from May 1881 to his death in 1889. Matthews was the Court's 46th ...more

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Bill Veeck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Promoter William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr., also known as "Sport Shirt Bill", was a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a franchise owner and promoter in Major League Baseball. Veeck was ...more

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Caleb Carr is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Historian, Novelist, Writer Caleb Carr is an American novelist and military historian.

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Peter Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Novelist, Writer Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor was a United States author and writer.

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Kris Osborn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist Kris Osborn was a news anchor on CNN Headline News from 2001 to 2004, specializing in military issues. Since then, he has worked as a reporter for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and a correspondent for ...more

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William Welles Hollister is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
William Welles Hollister Businessperson, Entrepreneur William Welles Hollister was a native of Ohio who came west in the 1850s and became a wealthy rancher and entrepreneur in California.

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Rolla Dyer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Rolla Dyer Physician Rolla Eugene Dyer was born in Delaware County, Ohio. Dyer received his B.A. from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and his M.D. from the University of Texas. He joined the U.S. Public Health ...more

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David Turpie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
David Battle Turpie was an American politician. Turpie was born in Hamilton County, Ohio. He grew up in Ohio and graduated from Kenyon College in 1848. He studied law and moved to Logansport, ...more

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Jay Cocks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Film critic, Screenwriter, Writer Jay Cocks is an American film critic and motion picture screenwriter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before ...more

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Edward Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Edward Johnson, also known as Allegheny Johnson, was a United States Army officer and Confederate general in the American Civil War. Highly rated by Robert E. Lee, he was made a divisional ...more

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Jim Borgman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Cartoonist James Mark Borgman is an American cartoonist. He is known for his political cartoons and his nationally syndicated comic strip Zits.

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P. F. Kluge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Author Paul Frederick Kluge, commonly known as P. F. Kluge, is a novelist living in Gambier, Ohio. Kluge was raised in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. He graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier in 1964 ...more

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Perry Lentz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Perry Lentz Novelist Perry Carlton Lentz, is a teacher, an author, and professor of English language and literature at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

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Laura Hillenbrand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Author, Actor, Writer Laura Hillenbrand is an American author of books and magazine articles.

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Beshara Doumani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Historian Beshara Doumani is a Palestinian-American professor in the Department of History at the Brown University specializing in Middle Eastern history, and is the Director of the Brown Middle East ...more

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Kevin Foy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Kevin Foy Kevin C. Foy was the mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina from 2001-2009. During his eight years in office, Foy focused on policies that have transformed Chapel Hill into a vibrant mid-sized ...more

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James Gamble is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
James Gamble was an Irish-born American soap maker and industrialist. He was the co-founder and co-eponym of Procter & Gamble Company in 1837, along with William Procter.

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Brackett B. Denniston III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Brackett B. Denniston III is senior vice president and general counsel of GE, a role he has held since 2004. Responsible for the GE legal organization worldwide and for all GE legal operations, ...more

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Leopoldo López Mendoza is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Leopoldo López Mendoza Politician Leopoldo Eduardo López Mendoza is a Venezuelan politician, currently serving as National Coordinator of Venezuelan political party Voluntad Popular, which he founded in 2009. Born in ...more

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Emmett Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Emmett Williams Artist Emmett Williams was an American poet and visual artist. He was married to British visual artist Ann Nöel. Williams was born in Greenville, South Carolina, grew up in Virginia, and lived in ...more

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Paul V. Niemeyer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Judge Paul Victor Niemeyer is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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Carl Andre is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Artist Carl Andre is an American minimalist artist recognized for his ordered linear format and grid format sculptures. His sculptures range from large public artworks to more intimate tile patterns ...more

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Frank Dicopoulos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Actor Frank Dicopoulos is an American actor. He is the oldest of three children. Dicopoulos played the role of Frank Achilles Cooper Jr. on Guiding Light, a character he has played since 1987, until ...more