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Famous Kenyon College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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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    John William Snow (born August 2, 1939) is the former 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...  more
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    Robert W Goldman



    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 Financial...  more
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    Stanley Matthews

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 64 (1824-1889)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    Thomas Stanley Matthews (July 21, 1824 – March 22, 1889), known as Stanley Matthews in adulthood, was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from May 1881 to his death in...  more
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    Bill Veeck


    AgeDec. at 71 (1914-1986)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    William Louis Veeck Jr. (; February 9, 1914 – January 2, 1986), also known as "Sport Shirt", was an American Major League Baseball franchise owner and promoter. Veeck was at various times the owner...  more

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    Caleb Carr

    Historian, Novelist


    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    Caleb Carr (born August 2, 1955) is an American military historian and author. Carr is the second of three sons born to Lucien Carr and Francesca Von Hartz.He authored The Alienist, The Angel of...  more
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    Peter Taylor

    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 77 (1917-1994)

    BirthplaceTrenton, Tennessee

    Matthew Hillsman Taylor, Jr. (January 8, 1917 – November 2, 1994), known professionally as Peter Taylor, was an American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Born and raised in Tennessee and...  more
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    Kris Osborn

    Journalist, TV Journalist


    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Kris Osborn (born May 16, 1969) 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...  more
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    William Welles Hollister

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 68 (1818-1886)

    BirthplaceOhio, United States, with Territories, Hanover, Licking County

    William Welles Hollister (1818–1886) was a native of Ohio who came west in the 1850s and became a wealthy rancher and entrepreneur in California. ...  more
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    Rolla Dyer



    Rolla Eugene Dyer (November 4, 1886 – June 7, 1971) was an American physician born in Delaware County, Ohio. Dyer received his B.A. in 1907 from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and his M.D. in 1914...  more
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    David Battle Turpie (July 8, 1828 – April 21, 1909) was an American politician who served as a Senator from Indiana from 1887 until 1899; he also served as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus...  more
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    Jay Cocks

    Film critic, Screenwriter


    John C. "Jay" Cocks, Jr. (born January 12, 1944) is an American film critic and screenwriter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other...  more
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    Edward "Allegheny" Johnson (April 16, 1816 – March 2, 1873) 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



    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    James Mark Borgman (born February 24, 1954) is an American cartoonist. He is known for his political cartoons and his nationally syndicated comic strip Zits. He was the editorial cartoonist at The...  more
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    BirthplaceNew Jersey

    Paul Frederick Kluge (born 1942 in New Jersey) is an American 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



    Perry Carlton Lentz, (born 27 March 1943 in Anniston, Alabama) is a teacher, an author, and professor of English language and literature at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio....  more
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    Laura Hillenbrand

    Author, Actor



    Laura Hillenbrand (born May 15, 1967) is an American author of books and magazine articles. Her two bestselling nonfiction books, Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2001) and Unbroken: A World War II...  more
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    Beshara Doumani is the Joukowsky Family Professor of Modern Middle East History and Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University. His research focuses on groups, places, and time periods...  more
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    Kevin Foy

    Kevin C. Foy (born January 28, 1956) is an American politician and professor who served as Mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from 2001 to 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. As mayor,...  more
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    James Gamble (3 April 1803 – 29 April 1891) was an Irish-American soap industrialist. He was the co-founder of Procter & Gamble Company in 1837, along with William Procter....  more
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    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, Mr....  more
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    Leopoldo López Mendoza



    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

    Leopoldo Eduardo López Mendoza (born 29 April 1971) is a Venezuelan politician and former political prisoner. He co-founded the political party Primero Justicia in 2000 with Henrique Capriles...  more
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    Emmett Williams


    AgeDec. at 81 (1925-2007)

    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina

    Emmett Williams (4 April 1925 – 14 February 2007) 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...  more
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    BirthplaceMercer County, Princeton, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States

    Paul Victor Niemeyer (born April 5, 1941) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States...  more
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    BirthplaceQuincy, Massachusetts

    Carl Andre (born September 16, 1935) is an American minimalist artist recognized for his ordered linear format and grid format sculptures. His sculptures range from large public artworks (such as...  more
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    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, USA

    Frank Dicopoulos (born January 3, 1957) 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...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to Kenyon College and be of some renown.