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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, Novelist 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 upon the latter's assassination. At the outset, Arthur struggled to overcome his reputation, stemming ...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

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John Ostrom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
John Harold Ostrom was an American paleontologist who revolutionized modern understanding of dinosaurs in the 1960s. Ostrom showed that dinosaurs were more like big non-flying birds than they ...more

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William Elliot Griffis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
William Elliot Griffis was an American orientalist, Congregational minister, lecturer, and prolific author. Griffis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a sea captain and later a ...more

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Daniel S. Lamont is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Daniel S. Lamont Politician Daniel Scott Lamont was the United States Secretary of War during Grover Cleveland's second term.

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Phil Alden Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson is an American film director and screenwriter whose films include Field of Dreams, Sneakers and The Sum of All Fears.

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Preston King is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician Preston King was a United States Representative and Senator from New York.

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Albert Smith White is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer Albert Smith White was a U.S. Senator and Representative from the state of Indiana. White was born in Orange County, New York. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady in 1822, after which ...more

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Alfred Lebbeus Loomis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Physician, Science writer Alfred Lebbeus Loomis was an American physician who served as president of the Association of American Physicians.

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Mark Walsh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur Mark Walsh is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and political activist. Walsh graduated from Union College in 1976. Walsh started his career as a television newscaster at a West ...more

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Charles Emory Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Charles Emory Smith Politician Charles Emory Smith was an American journalist and political leader. He was born in Mansfield, Connecticut. In 1849 his family removed to Albany, New York, where he attended the public schools ...more

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Algernon Paddock is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician Algernon Sidney Paddock was an American politician who served as a Republican secretary of Nebraska Territory and U.S. Senator from Nebraska after statehood.

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Edward Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Edward Bellamy was an American author and socialist, most famous for his utopian novel, Looking Backward, a Rip Van Winkle-like tale set in the distant future of the year 2000. Bellamy's vision ...more

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T. R. M. Howard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Physician Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard, MD was an American civil rights leader, fraternal organization leader, entrepreneur and surgeon. He was one of the mentors to activists such as Medgar Evers, ...more

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Nathaniel P. Tallmadge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge was an American lawyer and politician. He was a U.S. Senator from New York and Governor of the Wisconsin Territory.

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Robert P. Patterson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Robert P. Patterson Robert Porter Patterson, Sr. was the United States Under Secretary of War under President Franklin Roosevelt and the United States Secretary of War under President Harry S. Truman from September ...more

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Ward Hunt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Judge, Lawyer Ward Hunt, was an American jurist and politician. He was Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1868 to 1869, and an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1872 to 1882.

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Leonard Jerome is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Leonard Jerome Businessperson Leonard Walter Jerome was a Brooklyn, New York, financier and maternal grandfather of Winston Churchill.

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Bernard W. Kearney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Politician Bernard William "Pat" Kearney was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

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Jeffrey DeMunn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Jeffrey DeMunn is an American stage, film and television actor. He is known for a variety of roles, including Andrei Chikatilo in Citizen X, and for his role as Dale Horvath in The Walking

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Hermann A. Haus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Hermann Anton Haus was a Slovene-American physicist, electrical engineer, and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Haus' research and teaching ranged from ...more

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Austin Blair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Austin Blair Austin Blair, also known as the Civil War Governor, was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He was known as a strong opponent of slavery and secession and he also championed human ...more

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Frank B. Gary is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Judge Frank Boyd Gary was a United States Senator from South Carolina. Born in Cokesbury, South Carolina, he attended the Cokesbury Conference School and Union College. He studied law, was admitted to ...more

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Horace White is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Horace White was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was the 37th Governor of New York in 1910.

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Philip Spencer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Philip Spencer Sailor Philip Spencer, a midshipman aboard the USS Somers, was hanged for mutiny without a lawful court-martial. He was the son of John C. Spencer, Secretary of War in U.S. President John Tyler's ...more

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Baruch Samuel Blumberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
Scientist, Physician Baruch Samuel Blumberg — known as Barry Blumberg — was an American physician, geneticist, and co-recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the hepatitis B virus ...more

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George Anson Starkweather is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Union College Alumni
George Anson Starkweather Politician George Anson Starkweather was a United States Representative from New York, his eldest son being John Converse Starkweather. He is not to be confused with his son, George Anson Starkweather, who ...more