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Famous Lincoln University Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 8k views78 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Lincoln University and be of some renown.

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

List features graduates like Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Lincoln University?” and “Which celebrities are Lincoln University alumni?”
  • 1
    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 65 (1902-1967)

    BirthplaceJoplin, Missouri, United States of America

    James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He moved to New York City as a young...  more

    #127 of 171 The Best Short Story Writers of All Time#109 of 345 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#59 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time

  • 2
    Judge, Politician

    AgeDec. at 84 (1908-1993)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer, serving as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was...  more

    #425 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#53 of 302 The Most Influential Politicians in American History#33 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

  • 3
    Ann Walton Kroenke (born December 18, 1948) is an heir to the Walmart fortune. Kroenke and her sister, Nancy Walton Laurie, inherited stock from her father, Bud Walton (died 1995), who was the...  more
  • 4
    Musician, Bandleader

    AgeDec. at 86 (1907-1994)

    BirthplaceRochester, New York, USA

    Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer, dancer, and bandleader. He was associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a...  more
  • 5
    Film Score Composer, Poet

    AgeDec. at 62 (1949-2011)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Gilbert Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970s and 1980s. His...  more

    The Best Gil Scott-Heron Albums of All Time#409 of 465 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s#31 of 64 The Best Chicago Rappers

  • 6
    Rapper, Comedian


    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

    Joseph Pierre "Joe" Torry (born September 28, 1965) is an American actor and comedian....  more
  • 7
    Lloyd Lionel Gaines (1911, Water Valley, Mississippi – disappeared March 19, 1939, Chicago) was the plaintiff in Gaines v. Canada (1938), one of the most important court cases of the 1930s in the...  more
  • 8
    Politician, Lecturer

    AgeDec. at 62 (1909-1972)

    BirthplaceNkroful, Ghana

    Kwame Nkrumah PC (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was a Ghanaian politician and revolutionary. He was the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, having led the Gold Coast to independence...  more
  • 9
    Historian, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 68 (1904-1972)

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Horace Mann Bond (November 8, 1904 – December 21, 1972) was an American historian, college administrator, social science researcher and the father of civil-rights leader Julian Bond. He earned a...  more
  • 10
    Journalist, Diplomat

    AgeDec. at 80 (1849-1930)

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Archibald Henry Grimké (August 17, 1849 – February 25, 1930) was an American lawyer, intellectual, journalist, diplomat and community leader in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A graduate of...  more
  • 11
    Military Officer


    BirthplacePatuxent River, Maryland

    Lillian Elaine Fishburne (born March 25, 1949) was the first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral (RDML) in the United States Navy. She was appointed to the rank of Rear Admiral...  more
  • 12

    AgeDec. at 86 (1926-2012)

    BirthplaceCedros, Trinidad and Tobago

    Mervyn Malcolm Dymally (May 12, 1926 – October 7, 2012) was a Democratic politician from California. He served in the California State Assembly (1963–66) and the California State Senate (1967–75) as...  more
  • 13
    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 88 (1849-1938)

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina, United States of America

    Thomas Ezekiel Miller (June 17, 1849 – April 8, 1938) was an American educator, lawyer and politician. After being elected as a state legislator in South Carolina, he was one of only five African...  more
  • 14


    BirthplaceJefferson City, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Cole County

    William Blaine Luetkemeyer (; born May 7, 1952) is an American politician currently serving as the incumbent U.S. Representative for Missouri's 3rd congressional district, a seat he has held since...  more
  • 15
    Jazz Pianist, Pianist

    AgeDec. at 64 (1941-2006)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    John Josephus Hicks, Jr. (December 21, 1941 – May 10, 2006) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. He was leader for more than 30 recordings and played as a sideman on more than...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 87 (1917-2005)

    BirthplacePrinceton Township, New Jersey

    Bruce McMarion Wright (born Marion Bruce Wright, December 19, 1917 – March 24, 2005) was an American jurist who served on the New York State Supreme Court. Judge Wright was also the father of...  more
  • 17

    AgeDec. at 94 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceCaryville, Florida

    Robert Lee Carter (March 11, 1917 – January 3, 2012) was an American lawyer, civil rights activist and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of...  more
  • 18
    Nnamdi Azikiwe, PC (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), usually referred to as "Zik", was a Nigerian statesman who was Governor General of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 and the first President of Nigeria...  more
  • 19
    Harold E. Pierce Jr. Brigadier General (USAF, PANG, ret.) (April 4, 1922 – October 25, 2006) was an American dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who practiced principally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...  more
  • 20


    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Nancy Ellen Mills is an actor....  more
  • 21
    Poet, Politician

    AgeDec. at 68 (1898-1966)

    BirthplaceMoberly, Missouri

    Melvin Beaunorus Tolson (February 6, 1898 – August 29, 1966) was an American poet, educator, columnist, and politician. As a poet, he was influenced both by Modernism and the language and...  more
  • 22

    AgeDec. at 72 (1901-1974)

    BirthplacePort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

    Oliver Cromwell Cox (25 August 1901 – 4 September 1974) was a Trinidadian-American sociologist noted for his early Marxist viewpoint on Fascism. He was a founding father of the world-systems...  more
  • 23

    AgeDec. at 72 (1932-2004)

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

    Lincoln Kilpatrick (February 12, 1932 – May 18, 2004) was an American film, television, and stage actor....  more
  • 24
    Carey Means (born December 4, 1966) is an American voice artist and actor best known for playing Frylock on the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Thundercleese on The Brak Show. He has also...  more
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 88 (1898-1987)

    BirthplaceOrangeburg, South Carolina, United States of America

    Robert Nelson Cornelius Nix Sr. (August 9, 1898 – June 22, 1987) was an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1958 until 1979. He was the first African...  more