List of Dickinson College alumni

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This is a list of Dickinson College alumni. This list covers alumni from the first graduating class in July 1787[1] to the present.


Alfred V. du Pont
NameClass yearNotabilityRef(s)
Curley, JohnJohn Curley
Former CEO of Gannett News Corporation[2]
du Pont, Alfred V.Alfred V. du Pont
Head of the du Pont Company[3]
Duncan, StephenStephen DuncanWealthiest cotton and sugar plantation owner prior to the American Civil War[4]
Giannetti, StephenStephen Giannetti
Vice President and Publisher, National Geographic magazine[5]
Faulkner, Judith R.Judith R. Faulkner
Chief Executive Officer of Epic Systems[5]
Hirshey, DavidDavid Hirshey
Vice President and Executive Editor at HarperCollins publishers[6]
Jenkins, John CarmichaelJohn Carmichael JenkinsAmerican plantation owner in the Antebellum South[7][8]
MacPhail, AndyAndy MacPhail
Major League Baseball Executive[9]
Rose, LeonLeon Rose
Notable sports agent for many successful athletes including LeBron James


Arts and entertainment[edit]

Rick Smolan
NameClass yearNotabilityRef(s)
Fleisher, KassKass Fleisher
Haigh, JenniferJennifer Haigh
The New York Times best-selling author, winner of PEN/Hemingway Award[10]
Holm, Jennifer L.Jennifer L. Holm
Historical author, wrote Newbery Honor Book[11]
Muse, ClarenceClarence Muse
Actor, director, composer, writer, and lawyer.
O'Donnell, RosieRosie O'Donnell
American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, and media personality
Pankin, StuartStuart Pankin
Television actor[12]
Ringley, JenniferJennifer Ringley
Creator of[13]
Smolan, RickRick Smolan
Former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer[14]
Stewart, SusanSusan Stewart
American Poet and literary critic[15]
Strum, CharlesCharles Strum
Associate Managing Editor at The New York Times[16]


Henry Louis Baugher
NameClass yearNotabilityRef(s)
Baugher, Henry LouisHenry Louis Baugher
President of Pennsylvania (Gettysburg) College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Chamberlain, JeremiahJeremiah Chamberlain
President of Centre College and the Centenary College of Louisiana[17][18]
Corson, Fred PierceFred Pierce Corson
The twentieth president of Dickinson College and a Bishop of The Methodist Church[19]
Durden, WilliamWilliam Durden
President of Dickinson College[20]
Goucher, JohnJohn Goucher
Founder, President, and Namesake of Goucher College
Miller, SamuelSamuel Miller
Presbyterian Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary
Prettyman, Elijah BarrettElijah Barrett Prettyman
Second principal of the Maryland State Normal School, now Towson University[21][22]
Rossbacher, LisaLisa Rossbacher
President of Southern Polytechnic State University

Politics and public service[edit]

Spencer Fullerton Baird
James Buchanan
Jim Gerlach
NameClass yearNotabilityRef(s)
Baird, Spencer FullertonSpencer Fullerton Baird
U.S. Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution[23]
Beale, Richard L. T.Richard L. T. Beale
U.S. Representative[24]
Belford, Joseph M.Joseph M. Belford
U.S. Representative[25]
Bennett, John O.John O. Bennett
Former State Senator of New Jersey
Buchanan, JamesJames Buchanan
Fifteenth President of the United States[26]
Creighton, WilliamWilliam Creighton
U.S. Representative, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Ohio
Creswell, JohnJohn Creswell
U.S. Representative[27]
Denny, HarmarHarmar Denny
U.S. Representative[28]
Edwards, NinianNinian Edwards
Third Governor of Illinois[29]
Ellis, Richard H.Richard H. Ellis
Former commander in chief of the Strategic Air Command
Finley, ClementClement Finley
10th Surgeon General of the United States Army
Fisher, George PurnellGeorge Purnell Fisher
Attorney General of Delaware, U.S. Representative, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Gekas, GeorgeGeorge Gekas
U.S. Representative[30]
Gerlach, JimJim Gerlach
U.S. Representative[31]
Gosnell, KermitKermit Gosnell
Abortion clinic doctor[32]
Graves, Donald E.Donald E. Graves
U.S. State Department Kremlinologist[33]
Greenwood, James C.James C. Greenwood
U.S. Representative[34]
Grier, Robert CooperRobert Cooper Grier
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1846-1870[35]
Ihrie, Jr., PeterPeter Ihrie, Jr.
U.S. Representative[36]
Jacob, John J.John J. Jacob
Fourth Governor of West Virginia[37]
Jones III, John E.John E. Jones III
U.S. District Judge who presided over the Dover Intelligent Design Case[38]
Kenney, III, James A.James A. Kenney, III
Former Judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals[39]
King, Horatio CollinsHoratio Collins King
Judge advocate general for the New York National Guard, lawyer, and Civil War soldier
Lucas, EdwardEdward Lucas
U.S. Representative[40]
Lynn, Barry W.Barry W. Lynn
Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
McArthur, Lewis LinnLewis Linn McArthur
Oregon Supreme Court associate justice and newspaper publisher
McClelland, RobertRobert McClelland
U.S. Representative, Governor of Michigan, United States Secretary of the Interior[41]
McComas, Louis EmoryLouis Emory McComas
U.S. Representative, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Metzger, GeorgeGeorge Metzger
Served as a Pennsylvania State Legislator from 1813 to 1814, lawyer, founder of the Metzger Institute
O'Neill, CharlesCharles O'Neill
U.S. Representative[42]
Rambo, Sylvia H.Sylvia H. Rambo
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and Chief Judge from 1992-1999
Shuster, BillBill Shuster
U.S. Representative[43]
Taney, Roger B.Roger B. Taney
Fifth Chief Justice of the United States[44]
Thomas, Philip FrancisPhilip Francis Thomas
Governor of Maryland, United States Secretary of the Treasury[45]
Wilkins, RossRoss Wilkins
Justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Michigan, Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Michigan[46]
Wilkins, WilliamWilliam Wilkins
U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, Secretary of War, and Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania[47]


George Washington Bethune
NameClass yearNotabilityRef(s)
Bethune, George WashingtonGeorge Washington Bethune
Dutch Reformed minister and author
Clemens, JosephJoseph Clemens
U.S. Army chaplain, missionary and plant collector[48]
Crooks, George R.George R. Crooks
Minister, Editor of The Methodist and Professor at Drew Theological Seminary
Cummins, George DavidGeorge David Cummins
Founder of Reformed Episcopal Church
Eveland, William PerryWilliam Perry Eveland
Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church[49]
Lord, John WesleyJohn Wesley Lord
Bishop of The Methodist Church, Vice president of the National Council of Churches


Chief Bender
NameClass yearNotabilityRef(s)
Bender, ChiefChief Bender
Hall of Fame baseball pitcher


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