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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Union College and be of some renown.

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Jimmy Carter and Chester A. Arthur.

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

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Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Soldier
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician, author, and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. He was ...more

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George Westinghouse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor
George Westinghouse, Jr. was an American entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry, gaining his first patent at the age of 22. ...more

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Gordon Gould is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Inventor
Gordon Gould was an American physicist who is widely, but not universally, credited with the invention of the laser.. Gould is best known for his thirty-year fight with the United States Patent ...more

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Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer, Teacher
Chester Alan Arthur was the 21st President of the United States; he succeeded James Garfield. At the outset, Arthur struggled to overcome his reputation, stemming from his beginnings in politics ...more

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William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician, Real Estate Broker, Lawyer
William Henry Seward was United States Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869, and also served as Governor of New York and United States Senator. A determined opponent of the spread of slavery in ...more

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George Reid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician, Journalist
Sir George Newlands Reid PC is a Scottish politician. From February 1974 to 1979 he served as a Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire. He was ...more

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Henry Schoolcraft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Anthropologist, Geologist
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft was an American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist, noted for his early studies of Native American cultures, as well as for his 1832 expedition to the source of the ...more

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James Roosevelt I is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Businessperson
James Roosevelt I, known as "Squire James", was an American businessman. He was the father of James Roosevelt Roosevelt and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was born in Hyde ...more

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Neil Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician
Neil Abercrombie is an American politician who served as the seventh Governor of Hawaii from 2010 to 2014. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Born in Buffalo, New York, Abercrombie is a ...more

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John F. Hartranft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Lawyer
John Frederick Hartranft was the 17th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1873 to 1879 and a Union Major General who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War.

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Lewis Henry Morgan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Activist, Anthropologist
Lewis Henry Morgan was a pioneering American anthropologist and social theorist who worked as a railroad lawyer. He is best known for his work on kinship and social structure, his theories of ...more

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Phillip Allen Sharp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Biologist
Phillip Allen Sharp is an American geneticist and molecular biologist who co-discovered RNA splicing. He shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Richard J. Roberts for ...more

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Ira Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Ira Harris was an American jurist and senator from New York. He was also a friend of Abraham Lincoln's.

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John W. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
John W. Taylor was an early 19th-century U.S. politician from New York.

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Joseph M. Carey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Lawyer
Joseph Maull Carey was an American lawyer, rancher, judge, and politician, who spent most of his political career in Wyoming before and after it achieved statehood.

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Robert Toombs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Robert Augustus Toombs was an American and Confederate political leader, Whig Party senator from Georgia, a founding father of the Confederacy, its first Secretary of State, and a Confederate ...more

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John C. Spencer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer
John Canfield Spencer was an American lawyer, politician, judge and United States Cabinet secretary in the administration of President John Tyler.

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Frederick W. Seward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician, Editing, Writer
Frederick William Seward was the Assistant Secretary of State during the American Civil War, serving in Abraham Lincoln's administration as well as under Andrew Johnson during Reconstruction and ...more

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Dylan Ratigan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Journalist, Actor
Dylan Jason Ratigan is a New York Times best-selling author and former host of MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show. The show was the highest-rated non-prime time show on the network, aimed at ...more

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Fitz Hugh Ludlow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Fitz Hugh Ludlow Writer
Fitz Hugh Ludlow, sometimes seen as “Fitzhugh Ludlow,” was an American author, journalist, and explorer; best known for his autobiographical book The Hasheesh Eater. The explorations of altered ...more

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Levi A. Mackey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Banker, Lawyer
Levi Augustus Mackey was a United States Representative from Pennsylvania. Mackey was born in White Deer Township, Union County, Pennsylvania. In 1837, he graduated from Union College in ...more

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Squire Whipple is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer
Squire Whipple C.E. was a civil engineer born in Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA. His family moved to New York when he was thirteen. He studied at Fairfield Academy. He graduated from Union College ...more

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George Stibitz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Scientist
George Robert Stibitz is internationally recognized as one of the fathers of the modern first digital computer. He was a Bell Labs researcher known for his work in the 1930s and 1940s on the ...more

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Randy Kuhl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
John R. "Randy" Kuhl, Jr., is an American Republican politician, and former member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. He represented New York's 29th ...more

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Francis Wayland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Writer
Francis Wayland, American Baptist educator and economist, was born in New York City, New York. He was president of Brown University and pastor of the First Baptist Church in America in ...more