List of Bowdoin College people

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Here follows a list of notable people associated with Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. This list includes alumni, faculty, and honorary degree recipients.


Distinguished Graduates[edit]

Selected Bowdoin Alumni
World renowned author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, class of 1825
World renowned poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, class of 1825
14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce, class of 1824
Secretary of Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln, William Fessenden, class of 1823
Founder of Standard & Poor's (S&P), Henry Varnum Poor, class of 1835
Civil War General and founder of Howard University, Oliver Otis Howard, class of 1850
Civil War Hero and General, governor of Maine, and president of Bowdoin, Joshua Chamberlain, class of 1852
8th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Melville Fuller, class of 1853
Co-founder of Mayo Clinic, Augustus Stinchfield, class of 1868
Leader of the first expedition to the North Pole, Robert Peary, class of 1877
Former Senate Majority Leader, George Mitchell, class of 1954
Former Senator and Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton, Bill Cohen, class of 1962
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Thomas R. Pickering, class of 1953
Harlem Children's Zone CEO, Geoffrey Canada, class of 1974
Olympic Gold Medalist and world record holding marathon runner, Joan Benoit Samuelson, class of 1979
Founder and CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, class of 1983
Musician DJ Spooky, class of 1992

Arts & Letters[edit]

Note: individuals who belong in multiple sections appear in the most relevant section.

Literature and Poetry[edit]

Journalism and Non-fiction Writing[edit]

Film and Television[edit]

Music[edit]

Art and Photography[edit]

Government[edit]

Note: individuals who belong in multiple sections appear in the most relevant section.

Presidents[edit]

U.S. Governors[edit]

U.S. Senators[edit]

U.S. Representatives[edit]

U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and other prominent governmental officials[edit]

Ambassadors and other diplomats[edit]

  • Wilhelm Haas 1953, former German Ambassador to Israel, Japan, and the Netherlands
  • Thomas Pickering 1953, US Ambassador to Jordan (1974–78), Nigeria (1981–83), El Salvador (1983–85), Israel (1985–88), the United Nations (1989–92), India (1992–93), and Russia (1993–96); recipient of thirteen honorary degrees
  • Laurence Pope 1967, US Ambassador to Chad (1993–96)
  • David Pearce 1972, US Ambassador to Algeria (2008–11) and Greece (2013-present)
  • Christopher Hill 1974, US Ambassador to Macedonia (1996–99), Poland (2000–2004), South Korea (2004–2005), and Iraq (2009–2010); Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and chief US negotiator with North Korea (2005–2009)
  • Lawrence Butler 1975, US Ambassador to Macedonia (2002–2005)

Mayors, city officials, and activists[edit]

Law[edit]

Note: individuals who belong in multiple sections appear in the most relevant section.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices[edit]

Federal and state judges and attorneys, legal academics, and other legal figures[edit]

Military[edit]

Science & Medicine[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Business[edit]

Charity and Nonprofit[edit]

Academia[edit]

Note: individuals who belong in multiple sections appear in the most relevant section.

College Founders and Presidents[edit]

Professors and Scholars[edit]

Fictional Alumni[edit]

Honorary Degree Recipients[edit]

Notable Faculty Members and Trustees (Non-Graduates)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 
  2. ^ Charles C. Calhoun, A Small College in Maine: 200 Years of Bowdoin. pullihed by the College in 1993, ISBN 0-916606-25-2
  3. ^ http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/008683.shtml
  4. ^ Wilson, David McKay. "Making Masterpieces", Bowdoin Magazine, Spring 2004. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
  5. ^ "Oregon Governor Lafayette Grover". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "STEVENS, Frederick Clement, (1861 - 1923)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "GARLAND, Peter Adams, (1923 - 2005)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Term: Chadbourne, Paul Ansel 1823 - 1883". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved September 26, 2012.