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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different graduates, including Jerry Richardson and Wendi Nix.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Wofford College?” and “Which celebrities are Wofford College alumni?”
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Jerry Richardson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
American football player
Jerome Johnson Richardson Sr. (born July 18, 1936) is an American businessman, former NFL player and former owner in the National Football League (NFL). He established the Carolina Panthers ...more
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Albert Outler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Philosopher
Albert Cook Outler (November 17, 1908 – September 1, 1989) was a 20th-century American Methodist theologian and philosopher. Outler is generally considered to be one of the most important Wesley ...more
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M. K. Fort, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Mathematician
Marion Kirkland "Kirk" Fort Jr. (1921–1964) was an American mathematician, specializing in general topology. The topological spaces called Fort space and Arens–Fort space are named ...more
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Olin D. Johnston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston (November 18, 1896 – April 18, 1965) was a Democratic Party politician from the US state of South Carolina. He served as the 98th Governor of South Carolina, ...more
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William Haselden Ellerbe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
William Haselden Ellerbe
William Haselden Ellerbe (April 7, 1862 – June 2, 1899) was the 86th Governor of South Carolina from 1897 to 1899. Born in Marion, South Carolina, he was raised in the Pee Dee region of South ...more
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William Henry Willimon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Writer
William Henry Willimon (born May 15, 1946) is an American theologian and bishop in the United Methodist Church, who served the North Alabama Conference. He is currently Professor of the Practice ...more
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William Wallace Duncan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Chaplain, Writer
William Wallace Duncan (December 20, 1839 – March 2, 1908) was an American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, elected in 1886. He was born 20 December 1839 in Boydton, Virginia, of ...more
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Andrea Duke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Andrea Duke
Andrea Duke is a beauty queen from Saluda, North Carolina who competed in the Miss USA pageant in April 2008. Duke won the Miss North Carolina USA 2008 title in a state pageant held in High ...more
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Michael Copps is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Michael Copps Professor, Civil servant
Michael Joseph Copps (born April 23, 1940) is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent agency of the United States government. He was sworn in on ...more
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Wendi Nix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Journalist
Wendi Nix (born September 17, 1974) is an American anchor and sports reporter for ESPN.
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William Preston Few is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
William Preston Few
William Preston Few (December 29, 1867 – October 16, 1940) was the first president of Duke University and the fifth president of its predecessor, Trinity College.
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Don Buddin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Baseball player
Donald Thomas Buddin (May 5, 1934 – June 30, 2011) was an American professional baseball shortstop. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox (1956, ...more
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Ellison D. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Politician
Ellison DuRant “Cotton Ed” Smith (August 1, 1864 – November 17, 1944) was a Democratic Party politician from the U.S. state of South Carolina widely known for his virulently racist and ...more
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William A. Finley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
William Asa Finley (1839–1912) was an American academic and the first president of Corvallis College, known today as Oregon State University. Born in Missouri in 1839, Finley moved to California ...more
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Davis Wolfgang Hawke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Davis Wolfgang Hawke
Davis Wolfgang Hawke (born 1978) is a spammer who was sued by AOL in 2004 under the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Previously, in 1999 he started two neo-Nazi groups to make the "final solution a ...more
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Fisher DeBerry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Fisher DeBerry American Football coach, Coach
James Fisher DeBerry (born June 8, 1938) is a retired American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the United States Air Force Academy from 1984 to 2006, compiling ...more
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Ibra Charles Blackwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Lawyer
Ibra Charles Blackwood (November 21, 1878 – February 12, 1936) was the 97th Governor of South Carolina from 1931 to 1935.
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Ashley Zais is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Ashley Zais
Mitchell McGeever "Mick" Zais (born December 10, 1946) is an American politician who is currently serving as the United States Deputy Secretary of Education. He previously served as ...more
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Samuel Dibble is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Samuel Dibble Politician, Lawyer
Samuel Dibble (September 16, 1837 – September 16, 1913) was a lawyer, educator and U.S. Representative from South Carolina.
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Dennis Shedd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Dennis Wayne Shedd (born January 28, 1953 in Cordova, South Carolina) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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Donald Fowler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Donald Fowler
Donald L. "Don" Fowler (born September 12, 1935) is an American political scientist, professor and political operative who served as National Chair of the Democratic National Committee ...more
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Clyde H. Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Clyde Henry Hamilton (born February 8, 1934) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and a former United States District Court for ...more
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Henry Franklin Floyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Henry Franklin Floyd
Henry Franklin Floyd (born November 5, 1947) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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Louis Booker Wright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Louis Booker Wright
Louis Booker Wright was an American author, educator and librarian. Wright was the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the author of numerous books about the American colonial period, ...more
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Ken Ard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wofford College Alumni
Ken Ard Businessperson
James Kenneth "Ken" Ard (born December 18, 1963) was the 88th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, having served January 12, 2011 to March 9, 2012.