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Famous The Citadel Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to The Citadel and be of some renown.

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Robert Jordan and Lu Parker.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to The Citadel?” and “Which celebrities are The Citadel alumni?”
  • 1

    Pat Conroy

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Donald Patrick "Pat" Conroy (October 26, 1945 – March 4, 2016) was an American author who wrote several acclaimed novels and memoirs; his books The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince...  more

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  • 2

    Randolph Bresnik

    Astronaut, Fighter pilot


    BirthplaceFort Knox, Kentucky

    Randolph James "Komrade" Bresnik (born September 11, 1967) is a retired officer in the United States Marine Corps and an active NASA astronaut. A Marine Aviator by trade, Bresnik was selected as a...  more
  • 3

    Kaseem Penn

    Investor, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceSaint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

    Kaseem Penn is an entrepeneur, investor and consultant.  Penn and his live-in girlfriend Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy on The Cosby Show, will star in a reality show about their lives on the...  more
  • 4

    Ernest Hollings



    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, USA

    Ernest Frederick "Fritz" Hollings (January 1, 1922 – April 6, 2019) was an American politician who served as a United States Senator from South Carolina from 1966 to 2005. A conservative Democrat, he...  more
  • 5

    William Stewart Simkins

    Law professor, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1842-1929)

    BirthplaceEdgefield, South Carolina

    William Stewart Simkins (August 25, 1842 – February 27, 1929) was a Confederate soldier and professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin. While a Citadel cadet, he quite possibly fired the...  more
  • 6

    Bobby Curtis

    American football player


    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia

    Robert Waymon Curtis (born October 23, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at...  more
  • 7

    Johnson Hagood

    Johnson Hagood (February 21, 1829 – January 4, 1898) was a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War and the 80th Governor of South Carolina from 1880 to 1882....  more
  • 8

    Robert Jordan

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 58 (1948-2007)

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, United States of America

    James Oliver Rigney Jr. (October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007), better known by his pen name Robert Jordan, was an American author of epic fantasy. He is best known for the Wheel of Time series,...  more
  • 9

    Steve Buyer



    BirthplaceRensselaer, Marion Township, Indiana, United States of America

    Stephen Earle Buyer ( BOO-yər; born November 26, 1958) is the former U.S. Representative for Indiana's 4th congressional district, and previously the 5th district, serving from 1993 until 2011. In...  more
  • 10
    William Joseph Westmoreland (March 26, 1914 – July 18, 2005) was a United States Army General, most notably commander of United States forces during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968. He served as...  more
  • 11
    Melvin Horace Purvis II (October 24, 1903 – February 29, 1960) was an American law enforcement official and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent. Given the nickname "Little Mel" because of his...  more
  • 12

    Lu Parker

    Journalist, Newsreader


    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina, United States of America

    Frances Louise "Lu" Parker (born April 16, 1968) is an American journalist, Miss USA 1994 winner, animal rights advocate, and author....  more
  • 13

    Thomas D. Howie

    Major Thomas Dry Howie (April 12, 1908 – July 17, 1944) was a United States Army Infantry Officer and Battalion Commander in the 29th Infantry Division who was killed in action during the Battle of...  more
  • 14

    Gresham Barrett



    BirthplaceWestminster, South Carolina, United States of America

    James Gresham Barrett (born February 14, 1961) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district from 2003 to 2011. A member of the...  more
  • 15
    Samuel Marvin Griffin, Sr. (September 4, 1907 – June 13, 1982) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Georgia. A lifelong Democrat, Griffin was a native of Bainbridge, Georgia and...  more
  • 16
    William White Hartzog (born September 21, 1941) is a retired United States Army General whose commands during his 35-year career include the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, the 1st...  more
  • 17
    Charles Ezra Daniel (November 11, 1895 – September 13, 1964) was a United States Senator from South Carolina and founder of Daniel International Corporation.Born in Elberton, Georgia, he moved with...  more
  • 18

    Dallas McPherson

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    Dallas Lyle McPherson (born July 23, 1980) is an American former professional baseball third baseman and current minor league coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Anaheim Angels /...  more
  • 19

    Ellison Capers

    Ellison Capers (October 14, 1837 – April 22, 1908) was a Confederate general in the American Civil War, theologian, college Professor and administrator from South Carolina....  more
  • 20

    Greg Davis

    American football player


    BirthplaceRome, Georgia

    Greg Davis (born October 29, 1965 in Rome, Georgia) is a former National Football League kicker who played for 12 seasons from 1987 - 1998 with the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots,...  more
  • 21

    AgeDec. at 81 (1922-2004)

    BirthplaceCamden, South Carolina, United States of America

    John Carl West, Sr. (August 27, 1922 – March 21, 2004), was an American Democratic Party politician who served as the 109th Governor of South Carolina from 1971 to 1975. From 1977 to 1981, he was the...  more
  • 22

    Thomas Ravenel



    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, USA

    Thomas Ravenel (born August 11, 1962) is an American politician and former State Treasurer. He is the son of former South Carolina Congressman Arthur Ravenel Jr. As of 2019, he previously starred on...  more
  • 23

    Joseph P. Riley, Jr.



    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, United States of America

    Joseph Patrick Riley Jr. (born January 19, 1943) is an American politician who was the Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina. He was one of the longest serving mayors in the United States that is still...  more
  • 24

    Travis Jervey

    American football player


    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    Travis Richard Jervey (born May 5, 1972 in Columbia, South Carolina) is a former American National Football League Running Back; he spent 9 seasons playing for the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco...  more
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 90 (1920-2010)

    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina, United States of America

    James Robert Mann (April 27, 1920 – December 20, 2010) was a soldier, lawyer and a United States Representative from South Carolina....  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to The Citadel and be of some renown.