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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

    Pat Conroy

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Donald Patrick "Pat" Conroy (October 26, 1945 – March 4, 2016) was an American author who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Randolph Bresnik

    Randolph Bresnik

    Astronaut, Fighter pilot


    BirthplaceFort Knox, Kentucky

    Randolph James "Komrade" Bresnik (born September 11, 1967) is a retired officer in the United... more on Wikipedia
  • 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...
  • 4
    Ernest Hollings

    Ernest Hollings



    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, United States of America

    Ernest Frederick "Fritz" Hollings (January 1, 1922 – April 6, 2019) was an American politician... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    William Stewart Simkins

    William Stewart Simkins

    Law professor, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 87 (1842-1929)

    BirthplaceEdgefield, South Carolina

    William Stewart Simkins (August 25, 1842 – February 27, 1929) was a Confederate soldier and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6

    Bobby Curtis

    American football player


    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia

    Robert Waymon Curtis (born October 23, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Johnson Hagood

    Johnson Hagood

    Johnson Hagood (February 21, 1829 – January 4, 1898) was a Brigadier General in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Robert Jordan

    Robert Jordan

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 59 (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... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Steve Buyer

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    William Westmoreland
    William Joseph Westmoreland (March 26, 1914 – July 18, 2005) was a United States Army... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Melvin Purvis
    Melvin Horace Purvis II (October 24, 1903 – February 29, 1960) was an American law enforcement... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Lu Parker

    Lu Parker

    Journalist, Newsreader


    BirthplaceUSA, South Carolina, Anderson

    Frances Louise "Lu" Parker (born April 16, 1968) is an American journalist, Miss USA 1994... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Thomas D. Howie

    Thomas D. Howie

    Major Thomas Dry Howie (April 12, 1908 – July 17, 1944) was a United States Army Infantry... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Gresham Barrett

    Gresham Barrett



    BirthplaceWestminster, South Carolina, United States of America

    James Gresham Barrett (born February 14, 1961) is an American politician who served as the... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Marvin Griffin
    Samuel Marvin Griffin, Sr. (September 4, 1907 – June 13, 1982) was an American politician from... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    William W. Hartzog
    William White Hartzog (born September 21, 1941) is a retired United States Army General whose... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Charles E. Daniel
    Charles Ezra Daniel (November 11, 1895 – September 13, 1964) was a United States Senator from... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Dallas McPherson

    Dallas McPherson

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    Dallas Lyle McPherson (born July 23, 1980) is an American former professional baseball third... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Ellison Capers

    Ellison Capers

    Ellison Capers (October 14, 1837 – April 22, 1908) was a Confederate general in the American... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Greg Davis

    Greg Davis

    American football player


    BirthplaceRome, Georgia

    Greg Davis (born October 29, 1965 in Rome, Georgia) is a former National Football League... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    AgeDec. at 82 (1922-2004)

    BirthplaceCamden, South Carolina, United States of America

    John Carl West, Sr. (August 27, 1922 – March 21, 2004), was an American Democratic Party... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Thomas Ravenel



    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, United States of America

    Thomas Ravenel (born August 11, 1962) is an American politician and former State Treasurer. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Joseph P. Riley, Jr.



    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, United States of America

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  • 24
    Travis Jervey

    Travis Jervey

    American football player


    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    Travis Richard Jervey (born May 5, 1972 in Columbia, South Carolina) is a former American... more on Wikipedia
  • 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... more on Wikipedia