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

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

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George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Businessperson, Theatrical producer, Investor George Michael Steinbrenner III was an American businessman who was the principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. During Steinbrenner's 37-year ownership ...more

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Stephen Sondheim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for his contributions to musical theatre for over 50 years. He is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards including ...more

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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Theatre Director, Novelist, Film Producer Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood ...more

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David Strathairn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor David Russell Strathairn is an American actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for portraying journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. He is recognized for ...more

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William Windom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting William Windom was an American actor. He was perhaps best known for his work on television, including two episodes of The Twilight Zone. He portrayed Glen Morley, a fictional congressman from ...more

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Jeb Stuart Magruder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Jeb Stuart Magruder was an American Presbyterian minister, businessman, civil servant and author. A Deputy Director of Richard Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President, he pleaded guilty to ...more

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John Sayles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Screenwriter John Thomas Sayles is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and author. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Passion ...more

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James A. Garfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer, Teacher James Abram Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States, after serving nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Garfield's presidency lasted just 200 days—from March 4, ...more

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Max Gail is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor Max Gail is an actor.

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Erin Burnett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist Erin Isabelle Burnett is an American news anchor, currently the anchor of her own news show on CNN, Erin Burnett OutFront. She was previously the co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk on the Street program ...more

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Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist, Artist, Photographer Walker Evans was an American photographer best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans's work from the FSA period ...more

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Rives Kistler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Judge Rives Kistler is an American attorney and judge in the state of Oregon. After college and law school on the East Coast, he moved to Oregon where he worked in private practice before joining the ...more

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Dominick Dunne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Novelist Dominick John Dunne was an American writer and investigative journalist whose subjects frequently hinged on the ways in which high society interacts with the judicial system. He was a movie ...more

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Martha Coakley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Martha Mary Coakley is a former Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Democratic nominee for governor in 2014, but lost to Republican Charlie Baker. Prior to serving as ...more

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John L. Stoddard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
John L. Stoddard John Lawson Stoddard was an American writer, hymn writer and lecturer who gained popularity through his travelogues.

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Timothy Barrows is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Timothy A. Barrows, based in the Waltham, MA office of Matrix, has more than 21 years of experience in the venture industry, investing in early-stage information technology companies. Tim has ...more

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Stephen Johnson Field is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Stephen Johnson Field was an American jurist. He was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from March 10, 1863, to December 1, 1897. Prior to this, he was the 5th Chief Justice ...more

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Graham Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor Graham Powley Jarvis was a Canadian character actor in American films and television from the 1960s.

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Norah Vincent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Norah Vincent Journalist, Writer Norah Vincent is an American writer. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 20, 1968 She moved with her family to England in 1979 and attended the American School in London, where she ...more

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Josh Ain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Software Engineer Joshua "Josh" Ain is an American software engineer best known for his work building intuitive, easy to use software applications.

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Steve Case is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Investor, Entrepreneur Stephen McConnell "Steve" Case is an American entrepreneur, investor, and businessman best known as the co-founder and former chief executive officer and chairman of America Online. ...more

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Kevin White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician Kevin Hagan White was a United States politician best known as the Mayor of Boston, an office he was first elected at the age of 38, and that he held for four terms, amounting to 16 years, from ...more

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David G. Hartwell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Editor, Literary critic David Geddes Hartwell is an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He has worked for Signet, Berkley Putnam, Pocket, and Tor Books, and has published numerous anthologies. Since 1995, ...more

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G. Stanley Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Psychologist, Science writer Granville Stanley Hall was a pioneering American psychologist and educator. His interests focused on childhood development and evolutionary theory. Hall was the first president of the American ...more

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John Frankenheimer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Television director, Soldier, Film Producer John Michael Frankenheimer was an American film and television director known for social dramas and action/suspense films. Among his credits were Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, ...more

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Robert F. Engle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Professor, Economist Robert Fry Engle III is an American economist and the winner of the 2003 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, sharing the award with Clive Granger, "for ...more

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Susan Schwab is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician Susan Carol Schwab is an American politician, who served as United States Trade Representative from June, 2006 to January, 2009. She was nominated to replace Rob Portman as United States Trade ...more

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Don Beyer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Businessperson, Politician Donald S. Beyer, Jr. is the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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Curtis T. McMullen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Mathematician Curtis Tracy McMullen is Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1998 for his work in complex dynamics, hyperbolic geometry and Teichmüller ...more

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Dave Marash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist David Marash, known as Dave Marash is an American television journalist known for his work at ABC News and Al Jazeera English.

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James Rudolph Garfield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer James Rudolph Garfield was an American politician, lawyer and son of President James Abram Garfield and First Lady Lucretia Garfield. He was Secretary of the Interior during Theodore Roosevelt's ...more

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Fakhruddin Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician, Economist Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed is a noted Bangladeshi economist, civil servant, and a former governor of the Bangladesh Bank, the country's central bank. On 12 January 2007, he was appointed as the Chief ...more

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Bruce Sundlun is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician Bruce Sundlun was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as 71st Governor of Rhode Island from 1991 to 1995. He was Rhode Island's second Jewish governor, and the ...more

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William Bennett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Author William John "Bill" Bennett is an American conservative pundit, politician, and political theorist, who served as Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988 under President Reagan. He ...more

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Edward Morley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Physicist, Chemist Edward Williams Morley was an American scientist famous for his path-breaking measurements of the atomic weight of oxygen, and for the Michelson–Morley experiment.

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Frederick Wiseman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Documentary Filmmaker, Film Producer, Screenwriter Frederick Wiseman is an American filmmaker, documentarian, and theatrical director.

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Bainbridge Colby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Bainbridge Colby was an American lawyer, a co-founder of the United States Progressive Party and Woodrow Wilson's last Secretary of State. Colby was a Republican until he helped co-found the ...more

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Ed Case is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Edward Espenett "Ed" Case is an American Democratic politician who represented Hawaii in the United States House of Representatives from 2002 to 2007. Case, a Blue Dog Democrat, first ...more

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Michael Beschloss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Historian, Author Michael Richard Beschloss is an American historian. A specialist in the United States presidency, he is the author of nine books. In November 2013, he was appointed as a contributing columnist ...more

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Gilbert Carlton Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Banker, Lawyer Gilbert Carlton Walker was a United States political figure. He served as the 36th Governor of Virginia, first as a Republican provisional governor between 1869 and 1870, and again as a ...more

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Lee-Hom Wang is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Arranger, Record producer, Musician Wang Leehom, sometimes credited as Leehom Wang, is a Chinese-American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and film director. He is currently based in Taiwan. Formally trained at the ...more

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Robert Grant Aitken is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Astronomer Robert Grant Aitken was an American astronomer.

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Mika Brzezinski is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski is an American television host, author and journalist. Brzezinski co-hosts MSNBC's weekday morning broadcast Morning Joe with former Republican representative Joe ...more

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Goh Chok Tong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician Goh Chok Tong is a Singaporean politician. A member of the People's Action Party, he became Singapore's second Prime Minister on 28 November 1990, succeeding Lee Kuan Yew, and served in the role ...more

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Bill Simon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Businessperson, Politician William Edward "Bill" Simon, Jr. is an American businessman and politician. In 2002, Simon campaigned unsuccessfully for Governor of California as a Republican against Democratic ...more

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Herbert Putnam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Librarian, Lawyer George Herbert Putnam was an American librarian. He was the eighth Librarian of Congress from 1899 to 1939. He implemented his vision of a universal collection with strengths in every language, ...more

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Purva Bedi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor Purva Bedi is an Indian American actress. Although she was born in Chandigarh, she was brought up in Belgium and the United States. She attended the prestigious Bronx High School of Science and ...more

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Barrington Moore Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Sociologist, Historian, Author Barrington Moore Jr. was an American political sociologist, and the son of forester Barrington Moore. He is famous for his Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the ...more

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Chris Collingwood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Chris Collingwood is a British-born American singer, songwriter, artist and founding member of the power pop band Fountains of Wayne. Collingwood's major influences are The Beatles, The Zombies, ...more

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Chris Murphy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician Christopher Scott "Chris" Murphy is the junior United States Senator from Connecticut and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of ...more