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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Phillips Exeter Academy and be of some renown.

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

This list includes Mark Zuckerberg, Franklin Pierce and more notable Phillips Exeter Academy alumni. Go Big Red!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Phillips Exeter Academy?” and “Which celebrities are Phillips Exeter Academy alumni?”

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Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Mark Zuckerberg Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. Zuckerberg was made ...more

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Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Gore Vidal Politician, Journalist, Novelist Gore Vidal was an American writer and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As Eugene Louis Vidal, he was born to a political ...more

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Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Daniel Webster Statesman, Politician, Orator Daniel Webster was a leading American senator and statesman during the era of the Second Party System. He was the outstanding spokesman for American nationalism with powerful oratory that made ...more

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Paul Klebnikov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Paul Klebnikov Editor, Journalist Paul Klebnikov was an American journalist and historian of Russian history. He worked for Forbes magazine for more than 10 years and at the time of his death was chief editor of the Russian ...more

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Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Franklin Pierce Politician, Lawyer Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Genial and well-spoken, Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the ...more

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Robert Todd Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Robert Todd Lincoln Politician, Lawyer Robert Todd Lincoln was an American lawyer and businessman. He was the first son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. Born in Springfield, Illinois, United States, he was the only ...more

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Kenji Yoshino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Kenji Yoshino Educator, Jurist, Writer Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. Formerly, he was the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at ...more

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Donald Hall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Donald Hall Editor, Poet, Author Donald Andrew Hall, Jr, known as Donald Hall is an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard and Oxford, Hall is the author of over 50 ...more

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Daniel Dennett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Daniel Dennett Cognitive scientist, Professor, Author Daniel Clement Dennett III is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, ...more

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Fred Grandy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Fred Grandy Politician, Radio personality, Actor Fredrick Lawrence "Fred" Grandy is a former actor best known for his role as "Gopher" on the sitcom The Love Boat and who later became a member of the United States House of ...more

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Peter R. Orszag is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Peter R. Orszag Economist Peter Richard Orszag is an American economist who is a Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking and Chairman of the Financial Strategy and Solutions Group at Citigroup. He is also a ...more

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Judd Gregg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Judd Gregg Politician, Lawyer Judd Alan Gregg served as the 76th Governor of New Hampshire and was a United States Senator from New Hampshire, who served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. He is a member of the ...more

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Amos T. Akerman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Amos T. Akerman Politician, Lawyer Amos Tappan Akerman served as United States Attorney General under President Ulysses S. Grant from 1870 to 1871. A native of New Hampshire, Akerman graduated from Dartmouth College in 1842. Upon ...more

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Thomas W. Lamont is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Thomas W. Lamont Banker Thomas William Lamont, Jr. was an American banker.

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John Irving is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
John Irving Novelist, Screenwriter, Author John Winslow Irving, is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp ...more

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David Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
David Eisenhower Soldier, Historian, Author Dwight David Eisenhower II is an American author, public policy fellow, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and eponym of the U.S. Presidential retreat, Camp David. He is the only ...more

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Booth Tarkington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Booth Tarkington Novelist, Author, Writer Newton Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is, with William Faulkner and John Updike, one of only ...more

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James Agee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
James Agee Poet, Film critic, Journalist James Rufus Agee was an American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A ...more

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Peter Benchley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Peter Benchley Television producer, Novelist, Screenwriter Peter Bradford Benchley was an American author, best known for his novel Jaws and its subsequent film adaptation, the latter co-written by Benchley and directed by Steven Spielberg. Several more ...more

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Gifford Pinchot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Gifford Pinchot Gifford Pinchot was an American forester and politician. Pinchot served as the first Chief of the United States Forest Service from 1905 until his firing in 1910, and was the 28th Governor of ...more

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Peter A. Brooke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Peter A. Brooke Peter A. Brooke is the founder and CEO and Chairman o Advent International.

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Robert Thurman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Robert Thurman Professor, Actor, Writer Robert Thurman is an actor.

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Edward Everett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Edward Everett Politician, Orator Edward Everett was an American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat, and orator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of ...more

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Frederick Winslow Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Frederick Winslow Taylor Tennis player, Mechanical engineer, Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor was an American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency. He was one of the first management consultants. Taylor was one of the intellectual ...more

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Trish Regan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Trish Regan Newsreader Tricia Ann "Trish" Regan is an American television host, Emmy nominated investigative journalist and author. She is the host of Street Smart with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television ...more

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Kent Conrad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Kent Conrad Politician Gaylord Kent Conrad is a former United States Senator from North Dakota. He is a member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, the North Dakota affiliate of the Democratic Party. First ...more

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Benmont Tench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Benmont Tench Musician, Organist, Keyboard player Benjamin Montmorency "Benmont" Tench III is an American keyboardist best known as a founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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John Negroponte is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
John Negroponte Diplomat John Dimitri Negroponte is a British - American diplomat of Greek ancestry. He is currently a research fellow and lecturer in international affairs at Yale University's Jackson Institute for ...more

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George Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
George Bancroft Politician, Historian, Writer George Bancroft was an American historian and statesman who was prominent in promoting secondary education both in his home state and at the national level. During his tenure as U.S. Secretary ...more

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John P. Hale is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
John P. Hale Politician, Lawyer John Parker Hale was an American politician and lawyer from New Hampshire. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1843 to 1845 and in the United States Senate from 1847 to ...more

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Nicholas Katzenbach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Nicholas Katzenbach Lawyer Nicholas deBelleville "Nick" Katzenbach was an American lawyer who served as United States Attorney General during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration.

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David Mumford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
David Mumford Mathematician, Professor David Bryant Mumford is an American mathematician known for distinguished work in algebraic geometry, and then for research into vision and pattern theory. He won the Fields Medal and was a ...more

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H. John Heinz III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
H. John Heinz III Politician Henry John Heinz III was an American politician from Pennsylvania. A Republican, Heinz served in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977 and in the United States Senate from ...more

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Sam Fuld is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Sam Fuld Baseball player Samuel Babson "Sam" Fuld is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. Despite being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 10, ...more

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Lawrence Lasker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Lawrence Lasker Film Producer, Screenwriter Lawrence C. Lasker is an American screenwriter and producer who entered American film in 1983 as writer of the movie WarGames. Lasker was born in Los Angeles County, California. He is the son of ...more

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Lewis Cass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Lewis Cass Politician, Lawyer Lewis Cass was an American military officer and politician. During his long political career, Cass served as a governor of the Michigan Territory, an American ambassador, a U.S. Senator ...more

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Norris Cotton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Norris Cotton Lawyer Norris H. Cotton was an American Republican politician and a United States Representative as well as United States Senator from the state of New Hampshire.

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Charles C. Krulak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Charles C. Krulak Charles Chandler Krulak served as the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps from July 1, 1995 to June 30, 1999. He is the son of Lieutenant General Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, USMC, who ...more

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Alpheus Felch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Alpheus Felch Politician Alpheus Felch was the fifth Governor of Michigan and U.S. Senator from Michigan.

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Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Social Critic, Public intellectual, Historian Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. was an American historian, social critic, and public intellectual. A specialist in American history, much of Schlesinger's work explored the history of 20th-century ...more

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Roland Merullo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Roland Merullo Memoirist, Author Roland Merullo is an American author who writes novels, essays and memoir. His best-known works are the novels Breakfast with Buddha, In Revere, In Those Days, A Little Love Story, Revere Beach ...more

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Greg Craig is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Greg Craig Lawyer Gregory Bestor "Greg" Craig is an American lawyer and former White House Counsel under President Barack Obama. He has represented numerous high-profile clients, including John W. ...more

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Herbert Baxter Adams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Herbert Baxter Adams Historian Herbert Baxter Adams was an American educator and historian.

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Dan Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Dan Brown Novelist, Actor, Writer Daniel "Dan" Brown is an American author of thriller fiction who is best known for the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. Brown's novels are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour ...more

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Ned Lamont is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Ned Lamont Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur Edward Miner "Ned" Lamont, Jr. is an American businessman and politician. In 2006 he defeated the prominent incumbent Senator, Joe Lieberman, for Connecticut's Senatorial Democratic ...more

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George Plimpton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
George Plimpton Editor, Journalist, Screenwriter George Ames Plimpton was an American journalist, writer, literary editor, actor, and occasional amateur sportsman. He is widely known for his sports writing and for helping to found The Paris ...more

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Chang-Rae Lee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Chang-Rae Lee Professor, Novelist, Author Chang-rae Lee is a Korean American novelist and a professor of creative writing at Princeton University, where he has served as the director of Princeton's Program in Creative Writing.

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William Butler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
William Butler Musician, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist William Pierce "Will" Butler is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer who is best known as a core member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire. Will plays synthesizer, bass, ...more

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Stewart Brand is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Stewart Brand Editor, Author, Writer Stewart Brand is an American writer, best known as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He founded a number of organizations, including The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now ...more

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Jay Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Jay Rockefeller Politician John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV is a former United States Senator from West Virginia, serving from 1985 to 2015. He was first elected to the Senate in 1984, while in office as ...more