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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
Robert Thurman is an actor.
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Edward Everett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni
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
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
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