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Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni

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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
Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: 34

Birthplace: White Plains, New York

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (; born May 14, 1984) is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zuckerberg is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief ...more

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Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Novelist

Age: Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

Birthplace: West Point, Contiguous United States, New York, Orange County, United States of America, + more

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and ...more

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Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Orator

Age: Dec. at 70 (1782-1852)

Birthplace: Salisbury, New Hampshire, United States of America

Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was an American statesman who represented New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the United States Congress and served as the United States ...more
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Paul Klebnikov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Editor, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 41 (1963-2004)

Birthplace: New York

Paul Klebnikov (Russian: Павел Юрьевич Хлебников; August 6, 1964 – July 9, 2004) was an American journalist and historian of Russian history. He worked for Forbes magazine for more than 10 years ...more
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Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 65 (1804-1869)

Birthplace: Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States of America

Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th president of the United States (1853–1857), a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to ...more

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Robert Todd Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 83 (1843-1926)

Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States of America

Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843 – July 26, 1926) was an American politician, lawyer, and businessman. Lincoln was the first son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. He was ...more
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Kenji Yoshino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Educator, Jurist, Writer

Age: 50

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Kenji Yoshino (born May 1, 1969) 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 ...more
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Donald Hall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Editor, Poet, Author

Age: 90

Birthplace: Hamden, Connecticut

Donald Andrew Hall Jr. (September 20, 1928 – June 23, 2018) was an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. He was the author of over 50 books across several genres from children's ...more
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Daniel Dennett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Cognitive scientist, Professor, Author

Age: 76

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Daniel Clement Dennett III (born March 28, 1942) is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and ...more

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Fred Grandy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Politician, Radio personality, Actor

Age: 70

Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa, USA

Fredrick Lawrence Grandy (born June 29, 1948) is an American actor who played "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
Economist

Age: 50

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Peter Richard Orszag (born December 16, 1968) is an American banker and economist. He is the CEO of Financial Advisory at Lazard, effective June 2019. He was previously the firm’s Head of North ...more
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Judd Gregg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire, United States of America

Judd Alan Gregg (born February 14, 1947) is an American politician and lawyer. He served as the 76th Governor of New Hampshire and was a United States Senator from New Hampshire; in the Senate, ...more
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Amos T. Akerman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 59 (1821-1880)

Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States of America

Amos Tappan Akerman (February 23, 1821 – December 21, 1880) served as United States Attorney General under President Ulysses S. Grant from 1870 to 1871. A native of New Hampshire, Akerman ...more
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Thomas W. Lamont is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Banker

Age: Dec. at 78 (1870-1948)

Birthplace: Claverack, New York

Thomas William Lamont, Jr. (September 30, 1870 – February 2, 1948) was an American banker.
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John Irving is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

Age: 77

Birthplace: Exeter, New Hampshire, United States of America

John Winslow Irving (born John Wallace Blunt Jr.; March 2, 1942) is an American novelist and screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The ...more
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David Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Soldier, Historian, Author

Age: 70

Birthplace: West Point, New York

Dwight David Eisenhower II (born March 31, 1948), better known as David Eisenhower is an American author, public policy fellow, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and eponym of the ...more
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Booth Tarkington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 77 (1869-1946)

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Newton Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869 – May 19, 1946) was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only three ...more
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James Agee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Poet, Film critic, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 46 (1909-1955)

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee

James Rufus Agee ( AY-jee; November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was an American novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film ...more
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Peter Benchley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Television producer, Novelist, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 66 (1940-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 11, 2006) was an American author, screenwriter, and ocean activist. He is known for the bestselling novel Jaws and co-wrote its subsequent film ...more
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Gifford Pinchot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni

Age: Dec. at 81 (1865-1946)

Birthplace: Simsbury, Connecticut, United States of America

Gifford Pinchot (August 11, 1865 – October 4, 1946) was an American forester and politician. Pinchot served as the first Chief of the United States Forest Service from 1905 until his firing in ...more
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Peter A. Brooke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
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
Professor, Actor, Writer

Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman (born August 3, 1941) is an American Buddhist author and academic who has written, edited, and translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism. He is the father of ...more
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Edward Everett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Politician, Orator

Age: Dec. at 71 (1794-1865)

Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Edward Everett (April 11, 1794 – January 15, 1865) was an American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat, and orator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, U.S. ...more

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Frederick Winslow Taylor... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Tennis player, Mechanical engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 59 (1856-1915)

Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Frederick Winslow Taylor (March 20, 1856 – March 21, 1915) was an American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency. He was one of the first management consultants. Taylor ...more
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Trish Regan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
Newsreader

Age: 41

Birthplace: Hampton, New Hampshire, United States of America

Tricia Ann Regan (born December 13, 1972), known professionally as Trish Regan, is an American television host and author. She hosts Trish Regan Primetime on the Fox Business Network. She is ...more