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Famous Wabash College Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Wabash College and be of some renown.

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

This list below has a variety of graduates in it, from Dean Jagger to Dan Simmons.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Wabash College?” and “Which celebrities are Wabash College alumni?”
  • 1

    AgeDec. at 74 (1879-1954)

    BirthplaceSullivan, Hamilton Township, Indiana, United States of America

    William Harrison Hays Sr. (; November 5, 1879 – March 7, 1954) was a United States politician, chairman of the Republican National Committee (1918–21), U.S. Postmaster General (1921–22), and, from...  more
  • 2
    Character actor, Actor

    AgeDec. at 87 (1903-1991)

    BirthplaceColumbus Grove, Ohio, United States of America

    Dean Jeffries Jagger (November 7, 1903 – February 5, 1991) was an American film, stage and television actor who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Henry King's Twelve...  more

    #28 of 74 Mormon Celebrities#883 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History

  • 3
    Film Producer, Cinematographer


    Andrea Jean James (born January 16, 1967) is an American transgender rights activist, film producer, and blogger....  more
  • 4
    Journalist, Newsreader

    AgeDec. at 59 (1923-1983)

    BirthplaceEast Chicago, Indiana, United States of America

    Frank James Reynolds (November 29, 1923 – July 20, 1983) was an American television journalist for CBS and ABC News.Reynolds was a New York-based anchor of the ABC Evening News from 1968 to 1970 and...  more
  • 5
    Novelist, Author


    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

    Dan Simmons (born April 4, 1948) is an American science fiction and horror writer. He is the author of the Hyperion Cantos and the Ilium/Olympos cycles, among other works which span the science...  more

    The Best Dan Simmons Books#577 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#38 of 208 The Best Science-Fiction Authors

  • 6
    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 71 (1819-1891)

    BirthplaceOhio, United States of America, Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, United States

    Joseph Ewing McDonald (August 29, 1819 – June 21, 1891) was a United States Representative and Senator from Indiana....  more
  • 7

    AgeDec. at 76 (1839-1916)

    BirthplaceCounty Carlow, Republic of Ireland

    Thomas MacDonald Patterson (November 4, 1839 – July 23, 1916) was an American politician and newspaper publisher from the 1870s through the 1910s....  more
  • 8
    James Edgar (born July 22, 1946) is an American politician who was the 38th Governor of Illinois from 1991 to 1999. Previously he served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1976...  more
  • 9


    David Evan Kendall (born May 2, 1944) is an American attorney, a graduate of Yale Law School and Oxford University, who clerked with Supreme Court Justice Byron White, worked as associate counsel at...  more
  • 10
    James A. Davlin is Vice President Treasurer for Deere Company. He is responsible for the company's worldwide treasury activities. He joined John Deere in January 2007....  more
  • 11
    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 71 (1854-1925)

    BirthplaceNorth Manchester, Chester Township, Indiana, United States of America

    Thomas Riley Marshall (March 14, 1854 – June 1, 1925) was an American politician who served as the 28th Vice President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 under President Woodrow Wilson. A...  more
  • 12
    Lawyer, Teacher


    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Reginald K. Meeks (born March 21, 1954) is a Democratic Party member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 42 since 2000....  more
  • 13

    AgeDec. at 78 (1891-1969)

    BirthplaceLaramie, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America

    Thurman Wesley Arnold (June 2, 1891 – November 7, 1969) was best known for his trust-busting campaign as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division in President Franklin D....  more
  • 14
    John Turk joined Omneon as Vice President of Operations in October 2004. John brings high-tech manufacturing experience across multiple specialties to the company. Prior to Omneon, John was a...  more
  • 15
    Raymond Eugene Willis (August 11, 1875 – March 21, 1956) was a United States Senator from Indiana. Born in Waterloo, Indiana, he attended the public schools and graduated from Wabash College in 1896....  more
  • 16
    Edward Richard Sprigg Canby (November 9, 1817 – April 11, 1873) was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. In 1861–1862, Canby commanded the Department of...  more
  • 17
    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

    Theodore Edward Rokita (born February 9, 1970) is an American politician who served as the member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana's 4th congressional district from 2011 to...  more
  • 18
    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceThree Rivers, Michigan

    Peter Henry Metzelaars (born May 24, 1960) is a former American football tight end who played for the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and Detroit Lions in a sixteen-year career in...  more
  • 19
    American football player

    AgeDied at 62 (1901-1963)

    BirthplaceAllegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Century Allen "Wally" Milstead (January 1, 1901 – June 2, 1963) was a collegiate and professional American football player. He played college football at Wabash College and at Yale University, where...  more
  • 20
    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 77 (1920-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Lawrence Sanders (March 15, 1920 – February 7, 1998) was an American novelist and short story writer....  more
  • 21

    AgeDec. at 65 (1895-1960)

    BirthplaceAtwood, Prairie Township, Indiana

    Emery Andrew Rovenstine (July 20, 1895 – November 9, 1960) was an American anesthesiologist best known for organizing the first academic Department of Anesthesiology at New York's Bellevue Hospital....  more
  • 22


    Stephen H. Webb is a theologian and philosopher of religion. Webb was graduated from Wabash College in 1983, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, and taught at Wabash College as Professor...  more
  • 23
    David Gerard may refer to: Dave Gerard (cartoonist) (1909–2003), American cartoonist Dave Gerard (baseball) (1936–2001), baseball player David Gérard (born 1977), French rugby union player...  more
  • 24
    Ward Louis "Piggy" Lambert (May 28, 1888 – January 20, 1958) was an American basketball and baseball coach. He served as the head basketball coach at Purdue University during the 1916–17 season and...  more
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 82 (1825-1908)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    John Coburn (October 27, 1825 – January 28, 1908) was a United States Representative from Indiana and an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War....  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to Wabash College and be of some renown.