Phillips Exeter Academy Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Phillips Exeter Academy. The list includes people like Mark Zuckerberg, Franklin Pierce, Gore Vidal, Daniel Webster & Daniel Dennett. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, intellectuals & academics, media personalities, miscellaneous and leaders etc.
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Mark Zuckerberg
(Co-Founder of Facebook)
Mark Zuckerberg
397
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States

The co-founder and CEO of the popular social networking website, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is also amongst the richest men in the world. Fascinated by computer since his early life, Zuckerberg co-created TheFacebook while still in college and later even dropped out to devote more time to it. At 23, he became the youngest self-made billionaire in history at that time.

 2 
Dan Brown
(Novelist)
Dan Brown
12
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Exeter, New Hampshire, United States

Dan Brown is an American author best known for writing a series of Robert Langdon novels; three such novels, namely The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno, have been made into films, with Tom Hanks portraying Robert Langdon in all three movies. Also known for his charity work, Dan Brown donates money to several charitable causes.

 3 
Gore Vidal
(American Writer Known for His Novels: ‘The City and the Pillar’, ‘Julian’, ‘Myra Breckinridge’ and ‘Burr’)
Gore Vidal
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States
Died: July 31, 2012

Gore Vidal was an American intellectual and writer. He served as a major inspiration to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals as he was openly bisexual and often incorporated LGBT characters in his novels, which was very unusual at the time. He was also known for his debates with William F. Buckley Jr., which inspired the 2015 documentary film Best of Enemies.

 4 
Franklin Pierce
(14th President of the United States)
Franklin Pierce
15
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 23, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hillsboro, New Hampshire, United States
Died: October 8, 1869

Franklin Pierce was an American politician who served as the 14th president of the US. A northern Democrat, Franklin Pierce's actions leading up to the American Civil War are believed to have contributed to the commencement of the war. Scholars and historians rank Pierce as one of the least memorable and worst US presidents.

 5 
Erik Per Sullivan
(American Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Dewey’ in the TV Sitcom ‘Malcolm in the Middle’)
Erik Per Sullivan
15
Birthdate: July 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

Erik Per Sullivan is an American former actor best known for playing Dewey in the popular television sitcom, Malcolm in the Middle. For his performance in the series, Sullivan earned a couple of awards at YoungStar Awards and the Young Artist Awards. A multi-talented personality, Sullivan holds a black belt in taekwondo and can play the saxophone and piano.

 6 
Frederick Winslow Taylor
(American Mechanical Engineer Known for His Methods to Improve Industrial Efficiency)
Frederick Winslow Taylor
4
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 20, 1856
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 21, 1915

American inventor, mechanical engineer and an accomplished tennis and golf player, Frederick Winslow Taylor, regarded as the father of scientific management, sought to improve industrial efficiency. His approach on scientific management, referred to as Taylorism, has significantly influenced development of industrial engineering and production management. His monograph, The Principles of Scientific Management, laid out his views on principles of scientific management.

 7 
Howard Hawks
(Director)
Howard Hawks
9
Birthdate: May 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Goshen, Indiana, United States
Died: December 26, 1977
 8 
Alessandro Nivola
(Actor)
Alessandro Nivola
5
Birthdate: June 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 9 
Daniel Webster
(Former United States Senator)
Daniel Webster
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 18, 1782
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salisbury, New Hampshire, United States
Died: October 24, 1852
 10 
Duncan Robinson
(Basketball player)
Duncan Robinson
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: York, Maine, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 11 
Win Butler
(Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Guitarist)
Win Butler
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Truckee, California, United States

Win Butler is an American-Canadian multi-instrumentalist, musician, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular Canadian indie rock band, Arcade Fire. Also a humanitarian, Butler contributed to a charity record named Do They Know It's Hallowe'en as part of a UNICEF benefit project. A multi-talented personality, Win Butler often participates in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

 12 
Michael Rockefeller
(Explorer)
Michael Rockefeller
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: November 19, 1961

The youngest child of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, Michael Rockefeller shunned his family’s legacy and decided to become an explorer. He went missing while on an expedition to the Asmat region of southwestern Dutch New Guinea and was declared dead 3 years later, raising speculations of cannibalism.

 13 
David Eisenhower
(Writer and Grandson of Former American President Dwight D. Eisenhower)
David Eisenhower
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States

Author, academic, and public policy fellow David Eisenhower teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted book Eisenhower at War: 1943-1945, he is the grandson of former U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower and the son of John Eisenhower. He is also the son-in-law of Richard Nixon.

 14 
Liu Wen
(Chinese Model)
Liu Wen
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yongzhou, Hunan, China
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 15 
Andrew Yang
(Entrepreneur - A Candidate in the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential Primaries)
Andrew Yang
15
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
 16 
George Plimpton
(Journalists)
George Plimpton
2
Birthdate: March 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 26, 2003
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 17 
Lex Barker
(Actor)
Lex Barker
1
Birthdate: May 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rye, New York, United States
Died: May 11, 1973
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 18 
Roxane Gay
(Writer Known for Her 2014 Essay Collection 'Bad Feminist')
Roxane Gay
12
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Roxane Gay is an American writer, editor, professor, and social commentator. She is credited with founding an Illinois-based small press called Tiny Hardcore Press as well as the now-defunct Gay Magazine, which was founded in association with Medium. Roxane Gay is the recipient of a couple of Lambda Literary Awards and an Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.

 19 
Peter Benchley
(Writer)
Peter Benchley
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: February 11, 2006
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 20 
Adam D'Angelo
(Businessperson)
Adam D'Angelo
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: United States
 21 
Allen Dulles
(US Director of Central Intelligence (1953-61))
Allen Dulles
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 7, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Watertown, New York, United States
Died: January 29, 1969
 22 
Daniel Dennett
(Philosopher)
Daniel Dennett
6
Birthdate: March 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 23 
M. Scott Peck
(Psychiatrist)
M. Scott Peck
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 25, 2005
 24 
John Vernou Bouvier III
(Stockbroker)
John Vernou Bouvier III
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Hampton, New York, United States
Died: August 3, 1957
 25 
Gifford Pinchot
(First Chief of the US Forest Service & Former Governor of Pennsylvania)
Gifford Pinchot
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Simsbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: October 4, 1946

Gifford Pinchot was an American politician and forester. He is best remembered for his service as the first chief of the US Forest Service from February 1905 to January 1910. Gifford Pinchot also served as the Governor of Pennsylvania on two occasions; from 16 January 1923 to 18 January 1927 and again from 20 January 1931 to 15 January 1935.

 26 
John Irving Bloom
(Film critic)
John Irving Bloom
3
Birthdate: January 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 27 
Michael Cerveris
(Actor)
Michael Cerveris
3
Birthdate: November 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 28 
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
2
Birthdate: October 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: February 28, 2007
 29 
Peter R. Orszag
(CEO of Financial Advisory at 'Lazard')
Peter R. Orszag
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The CEO of Lazard, Peter R. Orszag has previously also been associated with Citigroup and has headed the OMB. A Princeton alumnus and a PhD from the London School of Economics, he has also been associated with organizations such as the National Academy of Medicine and been a lecturer of macroeconomics.

 30 
Heather Cox Richardson
(Historian)
Heather Cox Richardson
5
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Maine, U.S.

Heather Cox Richardson is an American professor and historian who is currently teaching history at Boston College. She has also taught history at prestigious institutions like the University of Massachusetts Amherst and MIT. Richardson has written many books on politics and history and is credited with founding werehistory.org, which houses short articles.

 31 
Benmont Tench
(Musician)
Benmont Tench
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 7, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 32 
Robert Benchley
(Humorist)
Robert Benchley
2
Birthdate: October 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: September 21, 1945
 33 
Edward Everett
(Former American senator)
Edward Everett
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 11, 1794
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: January 15, 1865

Edward Everett was an American politician, diplomat, educator, pastor, and orator. Widely regarded as one of the great orators of the Civil War and antebellum eras, Everett is remembered for his two-hour speech at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg in 1863, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his popular Gettysburg Address. Edward Everett also taught ancient Greek literature at Harvard University.

 34 
Amos Alonzo Stagg
(American Athlete and College Coach)
Amos Alonzo Stagg
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 17, 1965
 35 
John Negroponte
(Politician, Diplomat)
John Negroponte
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
 36 
Lewis Cass
(Former United States Senator)
Lewis Cass
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 9, 1782
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
Died: June 17, 1866
 37 
Sam Fuld
(Baseball player)
Sam Fuld
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Durham, New Hampshire, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 38 
Michael Lynton
(American Businessman and Chairman of 'Snap Inc')
Michael Lynton
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
 39 
George Bancroft
(Diplomat, Historian of the modern age, Historian, Academic, Writer, Politician)
George Bancroft
0
Birthdate: October 3, 1800
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Worcester
Died: January 17, 1891
 40 
Nicholas Katzenbach
(Lawyer)
Nicholas Katzenbach
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 8, 2012
 41 
John Knowles
(Writer, Novelist, Journalist)
John Knowles
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fairmont
Died: November 29, 2001
 42 
Roscoe Conkling
(Politician)
Roscoe Conkling
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 30, 1829
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: April 18, 1888
 43 
Fitz John Porter
(Military Officer)
Fitz John Porter
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1822
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Died: May 21, 1901
 44 
Joseph Coors
(Businessman)
Joseph Coors
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Golden, Colorado, United States
Died: March 15, 2003
 45 
Judd Gregg
(Politician)
Judd Gregg
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
 46 
Donald Hall
(Poet)
Donald Hall
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamden, Connecticut, United States
Died: June 23, 2018
 47 
Drew Pearson
(American journalist)
Drew Pearson
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 13, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Died: September 1, 1969
 48 
Josh Deu
(Co-founder of Canadian Indie Rock Band 'Arcade Fire')
Josh Deu
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthplace: Canada
 49 
Paul Sweezy
(Economist)
Paul Sweezy
1
Birthdate: April 10, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York,United States
Died: February 27, 2004
 50 
Thomas W. Lamont
(Banker)
Thomas W. Lamont
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 30, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Claverack, Claverack-Red Mills, New York, United States
Died: February 2, 1948
Established in the year 1781 by John Phillips, Phillips Exeter Academy is a coeducational independent school for high schoolers, particularly between the 9th and 12th grade. Phillips Exeter Academy is one of the oldest and prestigious secondary schools of the United States of America and is situated in New Hampshire. Being regarded as a school for the American political elite, it has been valued at an enormous 1.2 billion dollars, making it the largest endowment of all New England boarding schools. The school roughly consists of 1000 students who pursue their secondary education in various programs. With the student body representing over 33 countries and the option to study in 5 continents, the school provides a diverse platform to excel beyond boundaries, globally. With over 450 courses, in 18 core areas of study, the students can intellectually challenge themselves with the unparalleled opportunities they have in hand. The school also boasts a remarkable panel of faculty, with well-accomplished and qualified teachers who have created a mark in their respective areas of study. Phillips Exeter Academy has produced various distinguished personalities over time. The numerous alumni’s of the school went on to achieve greatness in various fields of study. David Rockefeller Jr., Mark Zuckerberg, Daniel Webster, John Knowles and Franklin Pierce all attended Phillips Exeter Academy. We are certain that you will be quite surprised to know the rest of the celebrities who started their humble beginnings here.