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

The list you're viewing is made up of different graduates like Ned Beatty and Jefferson Davis.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Transylvania University?” and “Which celebrities are Transylvania University alumni?”

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Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Soldier Jefferson F. Davis was an American soldier and politician who was the President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. He took personal charge of the Confederate war ...more

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Ned Beatty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Ned Thomas Beatty is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden ...more

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Carter Harrison, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician Carter Henry Harrison, Sr. was an American politician who served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1879 until 1887; he was subsequently elected to a fifth term in 1893 but was assassinated ...more

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Stephen F. Austin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Stephen Fuller Austin was an American empresario born in Virginia and raised in southeastern Missouri. Known as the Father of Texas, he led the second, and ultimately successful, colonization of ...more

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John Marshall Harlan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Jurist John Marshall Harlan was an American lawyer and politician from Kentucky who served as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is best known for his role as the lone dissenter in the ...more

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George W. Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Miner, Judge, Politician George Wallace Jones, a frontiersman, entrepreneur, attorney, and judge, was among the first two United States Senators to represent the state of Iowa after it was admitted to the Union in 1846. ...more

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Solomon W. Downs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Farmer, Lawyer Solomon Weathersbee Downs was a United States Senator from Louisiana. Born in Montgomery County, Tennessee, he pursued classical studies and graduated from the Transylvania University in 1823. ...more

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Richard Yates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician Richard Yates was the Governor of Illinois during the American Civil War and has been considered the greatest war governor during that period. When the war began Gov. Yates sent more troops to ...more

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James F. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Farmer, Lawyer James Fisher Robinson was the 22nd Governor of Kentucky, serving the remainder of the unfinished term of Governor Beriah Magoffin. Magoffin, a Confederate sympathizer, became increasingly ...more

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Charles S. Morehead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Farmer, Lawyer Charles Slaughter Morehead was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky, and served as the 20th Governor of Kentucky. Though a member of the Whig Party for most of his political service, he joined ...more

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James Speed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer James Speed was an American lawyer, politician and professor. In 1864, he was appointed by Abraham Lincoln to be the United States Attorney General. He previously served in the Kentucky ...more

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George W. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Farmer, Lawyer George Washington Johnson was the first Confederate governor of Kentucky. A lawyer-turned-farmer from Scott County, Kentucky, Johnson favored secession as a means of preventing the Civil War, ...more

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Green Clay Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Pastor, Lawyer Green Clay Smith was a United States soldier and politician. Elected to the Kentucky state house before the American Civil War, he was commissioned as a Union officer when he volunteered, ...more

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Happy Chandler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Albert 'Happy' Chandler was an actor.

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John E. Fryer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
John E. Fryer John E. Fryer, M.D. was an American psychiatrist and gay rights activist best known for his anonymous speech at the 1972 American Psychiatric Association annual conference where he appeared in ...more

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Marcus A. Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Marcus Aurelius "Mark" Smith was an American attorney and politician who served eight terms as Arizona Territorial Delegate to Congress and as one of the first two Senators from ...more

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James Turner Morehead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer James Turner Morehead was a United States Senator and the 12th Governor of Kentucky. He was the first native-born Kentuckian to hold the governorship of the state. A member of Henry Clay's ...more

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William M. Gwin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Physician William McKendree Gwin was an American medical doctor and politician, serving in elected office in Mississippi and California. In California he shared the distinction, along with John C. ...more

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William Alexander Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer William Alexander Richardson was a prominent Illinois Democrat politician before and during the American Civil War. Born near Lexington, Kentucky, Richardson attended Transylvania University, ...more

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James S. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Lawyer James Streshly Jackson was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

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Crawford Long is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Physician, Surgeon Crawford Williamson Long was an American surgeon and pharmacist best known for his first use of inhaled sulfuric ether as an anesthetic. Although his work was unknown outside a small circle of ...more

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Daniel Mongiardo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Physician, Surgeon Frank Daniel Mongiardo is an American physician and politician from Kentucky. Mongiardo is a Democrat and was the 54th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky from 2007 until 2011. He was a member of ...more

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William T. Barry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer William Taylor Barry was an American statesman and jurist.

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Henry Clay, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Henry Clay, Jr. Lawyer Henry Clay, Jr. was an American politician and soldier from Kentucky, the third son of US Senator and Congressman Henry Clay and Lucretia Hart Clay. He was elected to the Kentucky House of ...more

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Jeremiah Clemens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Novelist, Lawyer Jeremiah Clemens was a U.S. senator and novelist from the state of Alabama. He was elected to fill the vacancy left by the death of Dixon Hall Lewis, and served from November 30, 1849 to March ...more

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Wilson Shannon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician Wilson Shannon was a Democratic politician from Ohio and Kansas. He served as the 14th and 16th Governor of Ohio, and was the first governor of Ohio born in the state. Shannon was the second ...more

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Beriah Magoffin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Lawyer Beriah Magoffin was the 21st Governor of Kentucky, serving during the early part of the Civil War. Personally, Magoffin adhered to a states' rights position, including the right of a state to ...more

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Benjamin Gratz Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Benjamin Gratz Brown was an American politician. He was a Senator, the 20th Governor of Missouri, and the Liberal Republican and Democratic Party Vice presidential candidate in the presidential ...more

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Francis Preston Blair, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Francis Preston Blair, Jr. was an American politician and Union Army general during the American Civil War. He represented Missouri in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and he ...more

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Carl Rogers Darnall is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Chemist, Physician, Surgeon Brigadier General Carl Rogers Darnall was a United States Army chemist and surgeon credited with originating the technique of liquid chlorination of drinking water. Chlorination has been an ...more

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Basil W. Duke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Basil Wilson Duke was a Confederate general officer during the American Civil War. His most noted service in the war was as second-in-command for his brother-in-law John Hunt Morgan; Duke would ...more

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Francis Preston Blair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Francis Preston Blair, Sr. was an American journalist and politician.

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George Graham Vest is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
George Graham Vest was a U.S. politician. Born in Frankfort, Kentucky, he was known for his skills in oration and debate. Vest, a lawyer as well as a politician, served as a Missouri ...more

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Samuel Freeman Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Physician Samuel Freeman Miller was an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court who served from 1862 to 1890. He was a physician and lawyer.

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John McCracken Robinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Lawyer John McCracken Robinson was a United States Senator from Illinois. Born near Georgetown, Kentucky, he attended the common schools and graduated from Transylvania University at Lexington. He ...more

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William Orlando Butler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
William Orlando Butler Politician, Lawyer William Orlando Butler was a U.S. political figure and U.S. Army major general from Kentucky. He served as a Democratic congressman from Kentucky from 1839 to 1843, and was the Democratic ...more

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Albert Sidney Johnston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Albert Sidney Johnston Albert Sidney Johnston served as a general in three different armies: the Texian Army, the United States Army, and the Confederate States Army. He saw extensive combat during his military ...more

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Jeremiah Boyle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Lawyer Jeremiah Tilford Boyle was a successful lawyer and noted abolitionist. He served as a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

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David Rice Atchison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer David Rice Atchison was a mid-19th century Democratic United States Senator from Missouri. He served as President pro tempore of the United States Senate for six years. He is best known for the ...more

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Joseph R. Underwood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Joseph Rogers Underwood was a lawyer, judge, United States Representative and Senator from Kentucky.

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Thomas Holley Chivers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Thomas Holley Chivers Writer Thomas Holley Chivers was an American doctor-turned-poet from the state of Georgia. He is best known for his friendship with Edgar Allan Poe and his controversial defense of the poet after his ...more

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Zebulon York is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Zebulon York Lawyer Zebulon York was a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was among a small group of Northern-born Confederate generals.

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Richard Hawes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Judge, Lawyer Richard Hawes was a United States Representative from Kentucky and the second Confederate Governor of Kentucky. He was part of the politically influential Hawes family. His brother, uncle, and ...more

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James B. Beck is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
James B. Beck Lawyer James Burnie Beck was a United States Representative and Senator from Kentucky. Born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, Beck immigrated to the United States in 1838 and settled in Wyoming County, New ...more

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Lazarus W. Powell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Lawyer Lazarus Whitehead Powell was the 19th Governor of Kentucky, serving from 1851 to 1855. He was later elected to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate from 1859 to 1865. The reforms enacted during ...more

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Richard Mentor Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Richard Mentor Johnson was the ninth Vice President of the United States, serving in the administration of Martin Van Buren. He is the only vice president ever elected by the United States ...more

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Thomas Satterwhite Noble is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Thomas Satterwhite Noble Artist Thomas Satterwhite Noble was an American painter and teacher. He served in the Confederate army and later became the first head of the McMicken School of Design.

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George B. Crittenden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
George B. Crittenden George Bibb Crittenden was a career United States Army officer who served in the Black Hawk War, the Army of the Republic of Texas, and the Mexican-American War, and was a general in the ...more

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John C. Breckinridge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician John Cabell Breckinridge was a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He represented the Commonwealth in both houses of Congress and in 1857, became the 14th and youngest-ever ...more

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Ninian Edwards is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Transylvania University Alumni
Politician Ninian Edwards was a founding political figure of the state of Illinois. He served as the only governor of the Illinois Territory from 1809 to 1818, as one of the first two United States ...more