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Famous Millsaps College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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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    Comedian, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 79 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceCorning, Iowa, USA

    NationalityUnited 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

    #25 of 247 The Funniest Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time#26 of 391 The 100+ Funniest People Of All Time#439 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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    Historian, Author

    AgeDec. at 88 (1920-2009)

    BirthplaceGoodman, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 works;...  more
  • 3
    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceVicksburg, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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....  more
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    Arranger, Record producer


    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 with an...  more

    #338 of 500 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#573 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time#17 of 145 The Best Female Jazz Singers

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    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 72 (1939-2012)

    BirthplaceForest, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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. at...  more
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    Poet, Playwright

    AgeDec. at 80 (1929-2009)

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Allen Turner Cassity (January 12, 1929, in Jackson, Mississippi – July 26, 2009, in Atlanta) was an American poet, playwright, and short story writer....  more
  • 7
    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 94 (1909-2003)

    BirthplaceWaynesboro, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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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    BirthplaceClinton, 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....  more
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    BirthplaceOak Grove, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 in...  more
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 School...  more
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    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
  • 12
    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 Guam....  more
  • 13


    BirthplaceLaurel, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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....  more
  • 14
    Professor, Economist


    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 of the...  more
  • 15
    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 of...  more
  • 16


    BirthplaceFlorence, 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
  • 17
    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 during...  more
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    AgeDec. at 74 (1913-1988)

    BirthplaceMendenhall, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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. The...  more
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    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....  more
  • 21
    Mary Ann Swenson is an American bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1992....  more
  • 22
    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1925-2011)

    BirthplaceKossuth, 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. Phillips...  more
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    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 in...  more
  • 24
    Samuel Jones (born June 2, 1935, Inverness, Mississippi) is an American composer and conductor....  more
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    Larry Martin Goodpaster (born April 23, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 2000....  more