Williams College Notable Alumni

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Discover the notable alumni of Williams College. The list includes people like James A. Garfield, Madeleine Albright, Stephen Sondheim, Elia Kazan & Max Gail. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, media personalities, intellectuals & academics, miscellaneous and writers etc.
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 1 
Stephen Sondheim
(American composer)
Stephen Sondheim
29
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 26, 2021
 2 
Elia Kazan
(One of the Most Honored and Influential Directors in Broadway and Hollywood History)
Elia Kazan
4
Birthdate: September 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fener, Turkey
Died: September 28, 2003
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 3 
Erin Burnett
(News Anchor and Host of 'Erin Burnett OutFront' on CNN)
Erin Burnett
6
Birthdate: July 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mardela Springs, Maryland, United States
 4 
Sean Duffy
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 7th District (2011 - 2019))
Sean Duffy
6
Birthdate: October 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
 5 
John Frankenheimer
1
Birthdate: February 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 6, 2002
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 6 
Adam Schlesinger
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 1, 2020
 7 
Dominick Dunne
0
Birthdate: October 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 26, 2009
 8 
Max Gail
(Actor)
Max Gail
5
Birthdate: April 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
George Steinbrenner
(Businessperson)
George Steinbrenner
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rocky River
Died: July 13, 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Steve Case
(Entrepreneur)
Steve Case
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Honolulu
 11 
Edgar Bronfman Sr.
(Businessman)
Edgar Bronfman Sr.
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 21, 2013
 12 
William Windom
3
Birthdate: September 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: August 16, 2012
 13 
Wang Leehom
(Singer-songwriter)
Wang Leehom
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, U.S.
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 14 
Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran
(Founder and leader of the self-styled National Council of Iran)
Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
 15 
Jon Lovett
(Podcaster)
Jon Lovett
3
Birthdate: August 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Woodbury, New York, United States
 16 
G. Stanley Hall
(Psychologist, Science writer)
G. Stanley Hall
0
Birthdate: February 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Died: April 24, 1924
 17 
Mika Brzezinski
(Journalist, Political Commentator and Co-Host of the Weekday Morning Broadcast Show ‘Morning Joe’)
Mika Brzezinski
10
Birthdate: May 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 18 
Goh Chok Tong
(2nd Prime Minister of Singapore (1990 - 2004))
Goh Chok Tong
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore
 19 
Walker Evans
(Photographer and Photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression)
Walker Evans
1
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: November 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 10, 1975
 20 
John Sayles
(Film director)
John Sayles
0
Birthdate: September 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 21 
Lina Khan
(Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Lawyer)
Lina Khan
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
 22 
Richard Helms
(Government official)
Richard Helms
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: nowrap St. Davids, Pennsylvania St. Davids, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: October 22, 2002
 23 
Crispin Freeman
(Voice actor, Actor, Television actor, Screenwriter)
Crispin Freeman
4
Birthdate: February 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 24 
Chris Murphy
(Politician)
Chris Murphy
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
 25 
Frederick Wiseman
0
Birthdate: January 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 26 
Jesse Winchester
(Songwriter)
Jesse Winchester
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, U.S.
Died: April 11, 2014
 27 
Max Eastman
(Novelist)
Max Eastman
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States
Died: March 25, 1969
Joseph Medill Patterson Albright
0
Birthdate: 1937 AD
Birthplace: United States
 29 
Walter Kaufmann
(Philosopher)
Walter Kaufmann
0
Birthdate: July 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: September 4, 1980
 30 
Stacy Schiff
(Historian, Author, Journalist, Writer, Biographer)
Stacy Schiff
0
Birthdate: October 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Massachusetts
 31 
William Bennett
(Politician)
William Bennett
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Stephen Johnson Field
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 4, 1816
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haddam, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 9, 1899
 33 
Sanford Ballard Dole
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 23, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Died: June 9, 1926
 34 
Charles White Whittlesey
(United States Army Medal of Honor recipient who led the "Lost Battalion" in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I)
Charles White Whittlesey
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 20, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 26, 1921
 35 
Eugene Field
(Writer)
Eugene Field
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 2, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 4, 1895
 36 
Robert F. Engle
(Economist, Statistician, University teacher)
Robert F. Engle
0
Birthdate: November 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Syracuse
 37 
Telford Taylor
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 24, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: May 23, 1998
 38 
James MacGregor Burns
(Historian, Non-fiction writer, University teacher)
James MacGregor Burns
2
Birthdate: August 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston
Died: July 15, 2014
 39 
Herbert Stein
(Economist)
Herbert Stein
1
Birthdate: August 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: September 8, 1999
 40 
John Howard Lawson
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 11, 1977
 41 
William Lowndes Yancey
0
Birthdate: August 10, 1814
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warren, Georgia, United States
Died: July 27, 1863
 42 
Samuel C. Armstrong
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 30, 1839
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii, United States
Died: May 11, 1893
 43 
John Toland
(Writer)
John Toland
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 4, 2004
 44 
Edward W. Morley
(Scientist)
Edward W. Morley
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 29, 1838
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 24, 1923
 45 
Curtis T. McMullen
(Mathematician)
Curtis T. McMullen
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
 46 
Charles Brackett
(Novelist, Screenwriter)
Charles Brackett
1
Birthdate: November 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1969
 47 
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
(Photographer)
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: May 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Normal, Illinois, United States
Died: May 7, 1972
 48 
Sterling Brown
(Professor)
Sterling Brown
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: January 13, 1989
 49 
Washington Gladden
(American Congregational Pastor and Early Leader in the Social Gospel Movement)
Washington Gladden
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 11, 1836
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 2, 1918
 50 
William Dwight Whitney
0
Birthdate: February 9, 1827
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 7, 1894
One of the most talked about private liberal arts college, the ‘Williams College’ has been a dream educational destination for most of the youth of our country. As per the prestigious, ‘U.S. News & World Report’ the ‘Williams College’ has bagged the number one place as the liberal for 14 straight years. Even the Forbes magazine has the ranked this outstanding institution as the second best undergraduate college. This institution was initially an ‘only men’s’ college however eventually it was turned into a co-ed educational system and has remained since ever since 1970. As per reliable sources, in 2015, the acceptance rate of this university was about 16.8%. Founded in 1793, this institution has only been growing ever since then. Most of the notable alumni of this university are out there to prove their worth in the world. They are not only making the institution proud but also making sure that they build an un-tarnishable image for themselves. Some of the famous notable alumni for this institution are, the 20th U.S president, ‘James A. Garfield’ or the rich Entrepreneur Steve Case or for that matter the exceptional director, Elia Kazan. These alumnus have taken it upon themselves to set high standards of excellence for the future generation. They are sure examples of determination, hard-work and grit.