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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 John William "Johnny" Carson was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician known for thirty years as 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 David Herbert Donald was an American historian, best known for his acclaimed 1995 biography of Abraham Lincoln.

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Ellen Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Writer Ellen Gilchrist 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 Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable ...more

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

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Turner Cassity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Poet, Playwright Turner Cassity 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 Claude William Passeau was an American starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1935 through 1947, Passeau played with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. He ...more

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James E. Graves, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Judge James Earl Graves, Jr. is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Senate confirmed him on February 14, 2011 and he received his commission on February ...more

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Ray Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Ray Marshall Sailor 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 Tex Sample 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 of Theology, a ...more

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Thomas L. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Thomas Lowry Bailey was a politician from the state of Mississippi. He was born in Webster County, Mississippi and graduated from Millsaps College. Bailey was elected to the Mississippi House of ...more

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Louis H. Wilson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
General Louis Hugh Wilson, Jr. was a World War II recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Guam, and 26th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

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Mary Mills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Mary Mills Golfer Mary Mills 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 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 Charles Wayne Dowdy is a former Congressman, United States Senate candidate, and chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

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Tate Reeves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Politician Jonathon Tate Reeves, a Republican, is the 32nd and current Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi. Reeves was earlier elected as Mississippi’s 33rd Treasurer on November 4, 2003 and re-elected to a ...more

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William M. Colmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
William M. Colmer William Meyers Colmer was a Mississippi politician. Colmer was born in Moss Point, Mississippi, and attended Millsaps College. He served in the military during World War I. Colmer was elected ...more

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Joel Gill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Joel Gill

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Paul Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Paul Ramsey Educator 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. Neal Brooks Biggers Jr. is a United States federal judge. Born in Corinth, Mississippi, Biggers received a B.A. from Millsaps College in 1956 and was in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960, ...more

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Mary Ann Swenson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Mary Ann Swenson 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 Rubel Lex Phillips, Sr. was an attorney, businessman, and politician from the U.S. state of Mississippi best known for his Republican gubernatorial campaigns waged in 1963 and 1967. Previously, ...more

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Florence Mars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Florence Mars Florence Mars 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 Mississippi.

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Samuel Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Samuel Jones Samuel Jones 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 Larry M. Goodpaster is a Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 2000.

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Juan Joseph is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Juan Joseph Juan Joseph was a professional Arena football quarterback who also played American and Canadian football. He last played for the Lafayette Wildcatters of the Southern Indoor Football League. He ...more

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Gordon E. Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Gordon E. Brown Jr is the Dorrell William Kirby Professor of Geology in the School of Earth Sciences and Professor, by courtesy, of Chemical Engineering and Photon Science at Stanford

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Randall Pinkston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Millsaps College Alumni
Randall Pinkston Journalist Willie Randall Pinkston is a correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Previously he was with CBS News. After a stint as a White House Correspondent in CBS's Washington Bureau, Pinkston became a ...more