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List Rules People 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?”
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Pat Conroy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Pat Conroy is a New York Times bestselling author who has written several acclaimed novels and memoirs. Two of his novels, The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, were made into ...more
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Randolph Bresnik is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Astronaut, Fighter pilot
Randolph James "Komrade" Bresnik is a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and a NASA astronaut. A Marine Aviator by trade, Bresnik was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut ...more
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Kaseem Penn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Investor, Entrepreneur, Consultant
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 ...more
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Ernest Hollings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Politician
Ernest Frederick "Fritz" Hollings served as a Democratic United States Senator from South Carolina from 1966 to 2005, as well as the 106th Governor of South Carolina and the 77th ...more
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William Stewart Simkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Law professor, Lawyer
William Stewart Simkins was a Confederate soldier and professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin. As a military cadet, he quite possibly fired the first shot of the American Civil
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Bobby Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
American football player
Robert Waymon Curtis is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Savannah State University.
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Johnson Hagood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Johnson Hagood
Johnson Hagood 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.
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Robert Jordan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
James Oliver Rigney, Jr, better known under the pen name Robert Jordan, was an American author of epic fantasy. He is best known for The Wheel of Time, which consists of 14 books and a prequel ...more
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Steve Buyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Politician
Stephen Earle Buyer is the former U.S. Representative for Indiana's 4th congressional district, and previously the 5th district, serving from 1993 until 2011. In 2012 Buyer started working for ...more
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William Westmoreland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
William Childs Westmoreland was a United States Army four-star general. General Westmoreland was in command of all US military operations in the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968, including during ...more
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Melvin Purvis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Melvin Horace Purvis, Jr. was an American law enforcement official and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. He was given the nickname "Little Mel" because of his short stature. He is ...more
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Lu Parker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Actor
Frances Louise "Lu" Parker is a broadcast journalist and former Miss USA from South Carolina.
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Thomas D. Howie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Thomas D. Howie
Thomas Dry Howie was an American army officer, killed during the Battle of Normandy during World War II, while trying to capture the French town of Saint-Lô. He is known as "The Major ...more
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Gresham Barrett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Businessperson
James Gresham Barrett is an American politician who was the United States Representative for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district from 2003 to 2011. He is a member of the Republican ...more
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Marvin Griffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Samuel Marvin Griffin, Sr. was an American politician from the U.S. state of Georgia. A lifelong Democrat, Griffin was a native of Bainbridge, Georgia. He served as the 72nd Governor of Georgia ...more
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William W. Hartzog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
General William White Hartzog was a four-star U.S. Army general whose commands during his 35-year career include the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, the 1st Infantry Division, ...more
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Charles E. Daniel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Charles Ezra Daniel was a United States Senator from South Carolina and founder of Daniel International Corporation. Born in Elberton, Georgia, he moved with his family to Anderson, South ...more
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Dallas McPherson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Dallas McPherson Baseball player
Dallas Lyle McPherson is an American professional baseball third baseman who plays for the York Revolution.
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Ellison Capers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Ellison Capers
Ellison Capers was a school teacher, Confederate general in the American Civil War, theologian, and college administrator from South Carolina.
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Greg Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Greg Davis American football player
Greg Davis is a former National Football League kicker from. Coholder of the NFL Record for most 50-yard field goals in one game. They are 51, 55, 53. Also a member of The Citadel Athletic Hall ...more
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John C. West is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Lawyer
John Carl West, Sr., 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 U.S. Ambassador to Saudi
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Thomas Ravenel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Thomas Ravenel Politician
Thomas Ravenel is a politician and former State Treasurer. He is the son of former South Carolina Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr. He currently stars on the Bravo reality series Southern Charm ...more
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Joseph P. Riley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Politician
Joseph Patrick Riley, Jr. is an American politician who is the long-time Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina. He is the one of the longest serving mayors that is still living and in office, ...more
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Travis Jervey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Travis Jervey American football player
Travis Richard Jervey is a former American football tailback. He played for the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and Atlanta Falcons. He played his college football at The Citadel. He ...more
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James Robert Mann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous The Citadel Alumni
Lawyer
James Robert Mann was a soldier, lawyer and a United States Representative from South Carolina.