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Famous Transylvania University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 8.5k views134 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Transylvania University and be of some renown.

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?”
  • Jefferson Davis1

    Jefferson Davis

    Politician, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 81 (1808-1889)

    BirthplaceFairview, Kentucky, USA

    Jefferson Finis Davis (June 3, 1808 – December 6, 1889) was an American politician who served...  more

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  • Ned Beatty2

    Ned Beatty

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American retired actor. He has appeared in more...  more

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  • Carter Harrison, Sr.3

    AgeDec. at 68 (1825-1893)

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

    Carter Henry Harrison Sr. (February 15, 1825 – October 28, 1893) was an American politician...  more
  • Stephen F. Austin4
    Stephen Fuller Austin (November 3, 1793 – December 27, 1836) was an American empresario. Known...  more
  • John Marshall Harlan5

    AgeDec. at 78 (1833-1911)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    John Marshall Harlan (June 1, 1833 – October 14, 1911) was an American lawyer and politician...  more
  • George W. Jones6

    George W. Jones

    Miner, Judge

    AgeDec. at 92 (1804-1896)

    BirthplaceVincennes, Indiana, United States of America

    George Wallace Jones (April 12, 1804 – July 22, 1896), a frontiersman, entrepreneur, attorney,...  more
  • Solomon W. Downs7

    Solomon W. Downs

    Politician, Farmer

    AgeDec. at 53 (1801-1854)

    BirthplaceTennessee, United States of America

    Solomon Weathersbee Downs (1801 – August 14, 1854) was a United States Senator from Louisiana....  more
  • Richard Yates8

    Richard Yates


    AgeDec. at 58 (1815-1873)

    BirthplaceKentucky, Gallatin County, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Richard Yates (January 18, 1815 – November 27, 1873) was the Governor of Illinois during the...  more
  • James F. Robinson9

    James F. Robinson

    Politician, Farmer

    AgeDec. at 82 (1800-1882)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    James Fisher Robinson (October 4, 1800 – October 31, 1882) was the 22nd Governor of Kentucky,...  more
  • Charles S. Morehead10

    Charles S. Morehead

    Farmer, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 66 (1802-1868)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    Charles Slaughter Morehead (July 7, 1802 – December 21, 1868) was a U.S. Representative from...  more
  • James Speed11

    James Speed

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 75 (1812-1887)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    James Speed (March 11, 1812 – June 25, 1887) was an American lawyer, politician and professor....  more
  • George W. Johnson12

    George W. Johnson

    Farmer, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 51 (1811-1862)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    George Washington Johnson (May 27, 1811 – April 8, 1862) was the first Confederate governor of...  more
  • Green Clay Smith13

    Green Clay Smith

    Politician, Pastor

    AgeDec. at 69 (1826-1895)

    BirthplaceRichmond, Kentucky, United States of America

    Green Clay Smith (July 4, 1826 – June 29, 1895) was a United States soldier and politician....  more
  • Happy Chandler14

    Happy Chandler

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 93 (1898-1991)

    BirthplaceCorydon, Kentucky, United States of America

    Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler Sr. (July 14, 1898 – June 15, 1991) was an American...  more
  • John E. Fryer15

    John E. Fryer

    John Ercel Fryer, M.D. (November 7, 1937 – February 21, 2003) was an American psychiatrist and...  more
  • Marcus A. Smith16
    Marcus Aurelius "Mark" Smith (January 24, 1851 – April 7, 1924) was an American attorney and ...  more
  • James Turner Morehead17

    James Turner Morehead

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 57 (1797-1854)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    James Turner Morehead (May 24, 1797 – December 28, 1854) was a United States Senator and the...  more
  • William M. Gwin18

    William M. Gwin

    Politician, Physician

    AgeDec. at 80 (1805-1885)

    BirthplaceGallatin, Tennessee, United States of America

    William McKendree Gwin (October 9, 1805 – September 3, 1885) was an American medical doctor...  more
  • William Alexander Richardson19

    AgeDec. at 64 (1811-1875)

    BirthplaceKentucky, Area code 859, Lexington, United States of America, Fayette County

    William Alexander Richardson (January 16, 1811 – December 27, 1875) was a prominent Illinois...  more
  • James S. Jackson20

    AgeDec. at 39 (1823-1862)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    James Streshly Jackson (September 27, 1823 – October 8, 1862) was a U.S. Representative from...  more
  • Crawford Long21

    Crawford Long

    Physician, Surgeon

    AgeDec. at 63 (1815-1878)

    BirthplaceDanielsville, Georgia

    Crawford Williamson Long (November 1, 1815 – June 16, 1878) was an American surgeon and...  more
  • Daniel Mongiardo22

    Daniel Mongiardo

    Politician, Physician


    BirthplaceHazard, Kentucky, United States of America

    Frank Daniel Mongiardo (born July 4, 1960) is an American physician and politician from the...  more
  • William T. Barry23

    William T. Barry

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 51 (1784-1835)

    BirthplaceLunenburg, Virginia, United States of America

    William Taylor Barry (February 5, 1784 – August 30, 1835) was an American statesman and...  more
  • Henry Clay, Jr.24

    Henry Clay, Jr.


    AgeDec. at 36 (1811-1847)

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky

    Henry Clay Jr. (April 10, 1811 – February 23, 1847) was an American politician and soldier...  more
  • Jeremiah Clemens25

    Jeremiah Clemens

    Politician, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 51 (1814-1865)

    BirthplaceLimestone County, Contiguous United States, Huntsville, United States of America, United States

    Jeremiah Clemens (December 28, 1814 – May 21, 1865) was a U.S. senator and novelist from the...  more