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

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

The list you're viewing contains graduates like Johnny Carson and Cassandra Wilson.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Millsaps College?” and “Which celebrities are Millsaps College alumni?”
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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

Birthplace: Corning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America

John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson ...more

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David Herbert Donald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Historian, Author, Essayist

Age: Dec. at 89 (1920-2009)

Birthplace: Goodman, Mississippi

David Herbert Donald (October 1, 1920 – May 17, 2009) was an American historian, best known for his 1995 biography of Abraham Lincoln. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for earlier ...more
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Ellen Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Writer

Age: 84

Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Ellen Gilchrist (born February 20, 1935) is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. She won a National Book Award for her 1984 collection of short stories, Victory Over Japan.
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Cassandra Wilson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter

Age: 63

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Cassandra Wilson (born December 4, 1955) is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed ...more

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Lewis Nordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 73 (1939-2012)

Birthplace: Forest, Mississippi

Lewis Nordan (August 23, 1939 – April 13, 2012) was an American writer. Nordan was born to Lemuel and Sara Bayles in Forest, Mississippi, grew up in Itta Bena, Mississippi. He received his B.A. ...more
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Turner Cassity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Poet, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 80 (1929-2009)

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi

Allen Turner Cassity (January 12, 1929, in Jackson, Mississippi – July 26, 2009, in Atlanta) was an American poet, playwright, and short story writer.
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Claude Passeau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 94 (1909-2003)

Birthplace: Waynesboro, Mississippi

Claude William Passeau (April 9, 1909 – August 30, 2003) was an American starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1935 through 1947, Passeau played with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1935), ...more
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James E. Graves, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Judge

Age: 66

Birthplace: Clinton, Mississippi

James Earl Graves Jr. (born November 19, 1953) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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Ray Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Ray Marshall Sailor

Age: 90

Birthplace: Oak Grove, Louisiana

Freddie Ray Marshall is the Professor Emeritus of the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Marshall was born in 1928 ...more
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Tex Sample is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Tex Sample Writer

Age: 84

Tex Sample (born December 28, 1934) is a specialist in church and society, a storyteller, author, and the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society at the St. Paul ...more
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Thomas L. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 58 (1888-1946)

Birthplace: Maben, Mississippi, United States of America

Thomas Lowry Bailey (January 6, 1888 – November 2, 1946) was an American politician from the state of Mississippi. He was born in Webster County, Mississippi and graduated from Millsaps College. ...more
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Louis H. Wilson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 85 (1920-2005)

Birthplace: Brandon, Mississippi

Louis Hugh Wilson Jr. (February 11, 1920 – June 21, 2005) was a general in the United States Marine Corps and a World War II recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of ...more
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Mary Mills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Mary Mills Golfer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi

Mary Mills (born January 19, 1940) is a retired American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1962 and won three major championships and nine LPGA Tour victories in all.
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Thomas Naylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Thomas Naylor Professor, Economist

Age: Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi

Thomas Herbert Naylor was an American economist and professor. From Jackson, Mississippi, he was a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University, the author of thirty books, and a founder ...more
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Wayne Dowdy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Wayne Dowdy

Age: 75

Birthplace: Ben Hill County, Fitzgerald, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area, Fitzgerald, United States of America, + more

Charles Wayne Dowdy (born July 27, 1943) is an American politician and lawyer from Mississippi. He was first elected in a 1981 special election and served four terms in the United States House ...more
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Tate Reeves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Politician

Age: 44

Birthplace: Florence, Mississippi, United States of America

Jonathon Tate Reeves (born June 5, 1974), known professionally as Tate Reeves, is an American politician who is the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, serving since 2012. A member of the ...more
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William M. Colmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
William M. Colmer

Age: Dec. at 90 (1890-1980)

Birthplace: Moss Point, Mississippi, United States of America

William Meyers Colmer (February 11, 1890 – September 9, 1980) was a Mississippi politician. Colmer was born in Moss Point, Mississippi, and attended Millsaps College. He served in the military ...more
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Joel Gill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Joel Gill

Age: 67

Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States of America

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Paul Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Paul Ramsey Educator

Age: Dec. at 75 (1913-1988)

Birthplace: Mendenhall, Mississippi

Robert Paul Ramsey was an American Christian ethicist of the 20th century. He was a Methodist and a native of Mississippi. He graduated from Millsaps College in Mississippi and Yale University. ...more
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Neal Brooks Biggers, Jr.... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Neal Brooks Biggers, Jr.

Age: 84

Birthplace: Corinth, Mississippi

Neal Brooks Biggers Jr. (born July 1, 1935) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.
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Mary Ann Swenson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Mary Ann Swenson

Age: 72

Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Mary Ann Swenson is an American bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1992.
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Rubel Phillips is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 86 (1925-2011)

Birthplace: Kossuth, Mississippi, United States of America

Rubel Lex Phillips was a politician from the U.S. state of Mississippi. Phillips was a circuit court judge and a Democrat. But in 1963, he ran for Governor of Mississippi as a Republican. ...more
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Florence Mars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Florence Mars

Age: Dec. at 83 (1923-2006)

Birthplace: Mississippi

Florence Mars (January 1, 1923 – April 23, 2006) was an American civil rights activist and author best known for her book Witness in Philadelphia about the murder of three civil rights activists ...more
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Samuel Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Samuel Jones

Age: 83

Birthplace: Mississippi

Samuel Jones (born June 2, 1935, Inverness, Mississippi) is an American composer and conductor.
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Larry M. Goodpaster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Larry M. Goodpaster

Age: 71

Larry Martin Goodpaster (born April 23, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 2000.