38 Notable alumni of
Illinois College

Illinois College is 2447th in the world, 828th in North America, and 784th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 38 notable alumni from Illinois College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. William Jennings Bryan

    William Jennings Bryan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1860-1925 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    politicianeditorpublisherwriterlawyer
    Biography

    William Jennings Bryan was an American orator and politician. Beginning in 1896, he emerged as a dominant force in the Democratic Party, running three times as the party's nominee for President of the United States in the 1896, 1900, and the 1908 elections. He served in the House of Representatives from 1891 to 1895 and as the Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was often called "The Great Commoner," and because of his rhetorical power and early notoriety "The Boy Orator."

  2. John Wesley Powell

    John Wesley Powell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1834-1902 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    geographerwriterbotanistgeologistlinguist
    Biography

    John Wesley Powell was an American geologist, U.S. Army soldier, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous for his 1869 geographic expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers, including the first official U.S. government-sponsored passage through the Grand Canyon.

  3. Cheri Bustos

    Cheri Bustos
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    businesspersonpoliticianjournalist
    Biography

    Cheryl Lea "Cheri" Bustos is an American journalist, healthcare executive, and politician who is the U.S. representative from Illinois's 17th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the first woman elected to Congress from her district in the northwestern part of the state, anchored by the Illinois side of the Quad Cities and partially including Peoria and Rockford. In 2019, Bustos became chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

  4. Paul Findley

    Paul Findley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2019 (aged 98)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Paul Augustus Findley was an American writer and politician. He served as United States Representative from Illinois, representing its 20th District. A Republican, he was first elected in 1960. A moderate Republican for most of his long political career, Findley was a supporter of civil rights and an early opponent of the U.S. war in Vietnam. He co-authored the War Powers Act in 1973, which is supposed to limit the ability of the president to go to war without Congressional authorization. Findley lost his seat in 1982 to current United States Senator Dick Durbin. He was a cofounder of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington, D.C. advocacy group and was a vocal critic of American policy towards Israel.

  5. Charles Wayland Bryan

    Charles Wayland Bryan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1867-1945 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Charles Wayland Bryan was an American businessman and politician who served as the 20th and 23rd Governor of Nebraska, and Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, and was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1924. He was the younger brother of Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, who was the Democratic nominee for President in 1896, 1900, and 1908. The Bryans are the only brothers who have been nominated for President or Vice President by a major political party.

  6. Ralph Tyler Smith

    Ralph Tyler Smith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1915-1972 (aged 57)
    Occupations
    lawyermilitary officerpolitician
    Biography

    Ralph Tyler Smith was an American lawyer and politician from Illinois, who served as a United States Senator from Illinois between 1969 until 1970. A member of the Republican Party, Smith previously served in the Illinois state house from 1955 through 1969, including two years as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1967 to 1969, prior to his appointment to the senate by governor Richard Ogilvie. He lost re-election to Adlai Stevenson III in the 1970 special election.

  7. Richard Yates

    Richard Yates
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1815-1873 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Richard Yates was the Governor of Illinois during the American Civil War and has been considered one of the most effective war governors. He took energetic measures to secure Cairo and St. Louis against rebel attack. Nicknamed the "Soldiers' Friend", he helped organize the Illinois contingent of Union soldiers, including commissioning Ulysses S. Grant as a colonel for an Illinois regiment. He supported the Emancipation Proclamation. He also represented Illinois in the United States House of Representatives (1851–1855) and in the U.S. Senate (1865–1871). As a Senator, he voted and spoke in favor of removing President Andrew Johnson from office.

  8. Charlotte Thompson Reid

    Charlotte Thompson Reid
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1913-2007 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    politicianradio personality
    Biography

    Charlotte Thompson Reid served in the U.S. Congress as a U.S. representative for Illinois from 1963 to 1971. She was a member of the Republican Party.

  9. Margaret D. Foster

    Margaret D. Foster
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1895-1970 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    chemist
    Biography

    Margaret Dorothy Foster was an American chemist. She worked for the United States Geological Survey, and was recruited to work on the Manhattan Project. She wrote dozens of research papers on the chemistry of the natural world and assaying methods.

  10. Marina Verenikina

    Marina Verenikina
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    songwritersingerpianist
    Biography

    Marina Verenikina is a Russian singer/musician. She was born in the city of Moscow in the Russian SFSR to a nuclear physicist father and a child psychologist mother. She has released 12 albums and has toured internationally, performing over 1,200 concerts. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband/co-writer, Nick Baker, and their daughter, Violetta, and regularly performs on Twitch.

  11. William McKendree Springer

    William McKendree Springer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1836-1903 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    William McKendree Springer was a United States Representative from Illinois.

  12. Julian N. Frisbie

    Julian N. Frisbie
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1894-1963 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    prison wardenmilitary personnel
    Biography

    Julian Neil Frisbie was a highly decorated officer of the United States Marine Corps with the rank of brigadier general, who is most noted for his service as commanding officer of the 7th Marine Regiment during the Battle of Cape Gloucester and later as warden of Southern Michigan Prison during 1952 riots.

  13. Jonathan E. Spilman

    Jonathan E. Spilman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1812-1896 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    composerlawyer
    Biography

    Jonathan Edwards Spilman was a Kentucky lawyer, minister, and composer.

  14. William Mather Lewis

    William Mather Lewis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1878-1945 (aged 67)
    Biography

    William Mather Lewis was an American teacher, university president, local politician, and a state and national government official. He was mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois from 1915 to 1917, President of George Washington University from 1923 to 1927 and the President of Lafayette College from 1927 to 1945.

  15. Stephen P. Hempstead

    Stephen P. Hempstead
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1812-1883 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Stephen P. Hempstead was the second Governor of Iowa. A Democrat, he served from 1850 to 1854.

  16. Richard Yates

    Richard Yates
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1860-1936 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    journalistjudgelawyerpoliticianeditor
    Biography

    Richard Yates Jr. was the 22nd Governor of Illinois from 1901 to 1905—the first native-born governor of the state. From 1919 to 1933, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois. Although he failed to receive his party's nomination in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress, he was later appointed nominee and elected in place of Henry R. Rathbone who died prior to the election. In 1932, he was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection to the Seventy-third Congress.

  17. Lewis W. Ross

    Lewis W. Ross
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1812-1895 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Lewis Winans Ross was an Illinois attorney, merchant, and U.S. Representative from Illinois' 9th congressional district. He was widely known as an antiwar Peace Democrat or Copperhead during the American Civil War.

  18. Leonard Fulton Ross

    Leonard Fulton Ross
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1823-1901 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    judgelawyermilitary officer
    Biography

    Leonard Fulton Ross was an American lawyer, probate judge, and stock raiser who served as a first lieutenant in the Mexican-American War and as a brigadier general during the American Civil War.

  19. John Davis

    John Davis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1826-1901 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    John Davis was a U.S. Representative from Kansas.

  20. James M. Barnes

    James M. Barnes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1899-1958 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    James Martin Barnes was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois and administrative assistant to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

  21. John Wesley Ross

    John Wesley Ross
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1841-1902 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    John Wesley Ross was an American attorney who served as postmaster of Washington, D.C., as president of the D.C. Public Schools Board of Trustees, and as a member and president of the D.C. Board of Commissioners.

  22. William E. Williams

    William E. Williams
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1857-1921 (aged 64)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    William Elza Williams was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

  23. Andrew Russel

    Andrew Russel
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1856-1934 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Andrew Russel was a Republican politician and banker, who twice served as Illinois Treasurer (1909-1911 and 1915-1917) and later as Illinois Auditor of Public Accounts (1917-1925), before being convicted along with his partner of illegal banking practices in 1932 and dying in prison.

  24. Newton Bateman

    Newton Bateman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1822-1897 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Newton Bateman was an American academic, educational administrator, and editor from New Jersey. Raised in poverty, Bateman came with his family to Illinois at a young age then earned his way into Illinois College. After graduating, he again struggled to make ends meet before an anonymous donor sent him a large sum of money. He used it to establish a private school in St. Louis, Missouri. He was later elected superintendent of schools in Morgan County, Illinois, then served as Illinois Superintendent of Public Instruction (1859–63, 1865–1875). He resigned to become president of Knox College. Late in his life, he published an encyclopedia of the state. Bateman was an associate of Abraham Lincoln and is the source of a controversial account of his religious views.

  25. William G. Greene

    William G. Greene
    Years
    1812-1894 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    tax collector
    Biography

    William G. "Slicky Bill" Greene, Jr. was an American businessman who was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. He did business in Menard County, Illinois. Greene founded Tallula, Illinois in 1857, and Greenview, Illinois is named after him.

  26. Barbour Lewis

    Barbour Lewis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1818-1893 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Barbour Lewis was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 9th congressional district.

  27. William Henry Barnes

    William Henry Barnes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1843-1904 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    William Henry Barnes was an American jurist who served as Assistant Justice on the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court from 1885 till 1889.

  28. John C. Martin

    John C. Martin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1880-1952 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    bankerpolitician
    Biography

    John Cunningham Martin was a member of the US House of Representatives from Illinois.

  29. Edward E. Johnston

    Edward E. Johnston
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-2011 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    businesspersonannouncerpolitician
    Biography

    Edward Elliott Johnston was an American businessman and politician.

  30. William C. Goudy

    William C. Goudy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1824-1893 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    William Charles Goudy was an American politician and attorney from Indiana. Arriving in Illinois in 1833, he matriculated at Illinois College and then studied law with Stephen T. Logan. He opened a successful law practice in Lewistown, Illinois and was elected district attorney in 1853. He was elected to the Illinois Senate, serving from 1856 to 1860. Goudy moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1859 and became consul for the Chicago and North Western Railway Company

  31. Theodore N. Morrison

    Theodore N. Morrison
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1850-1929 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    priest
    Biography

    Theodore Nevin Morrison was a 20th-century bishop in the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. He was Bishop of Iowa from 1898 to 1929.

  32. Leroy Buchiet

    Leroy Buchiet
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1892-1952 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    head coach
    Biography

    Leroy Charles Buchiet was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach for the Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan for four seasons, from 1914 until 1917, compiling a record of 9–13–3. Buchiet was also the head basketball coach at Hillsdale from 1914 to 1918, tallying a mark of 18–28 He played football and basketball and ran track at Lake Forest College.

  33. Asa C. Matthews

    Asa C. Matthews
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1833-1908 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    politicianjudge
    Biography

    Asa Carrington Matthews was an American lawyer, judge, and politician.

  34. Edward Capps

    Edward Capps
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1866-1950 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    university teacherclassical philologistdiplomatart historian
    Biography

    Edward Capps, Sr. was an American diplomat, professor of Philology, and Colonel.

  35. Joseph Trotter Mills

    Joseph Trotter Mills
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1812-1897 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    politicianjudge
    Biography

    Joseph Trotter Mills was an American attorney, jurist, Republican politician, and Wisconsin pioneer. He served four one-year terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly, and was Wisconsin circuit court judge for the 5th circuit from 1865 through 1877.

  36. James W. Robison

    James W. Robison
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1831-1909 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    James W. Robison, born James W. Robertson, was a Scottish American farmer, horticulturist, politician, and horse breeder. After his family immigrated to the United States shortly after his birth, Robison attended public school and then studied at Illinois College. He became a wealthy farmer, particularly noted for his large orchards. He served two terms in the Illinois Senate in the 1870s. In 1879, he visited Kansas and established a farm in Butler County. The estate eventually amassed 17,000 acres (6,900 ha) and featured one of the largest Percheron ranches in the nation. Robison was elected to the Kansas Senate in 1897.

  37. Edward Doane

    Edward Doane
    Years
    1820-1890 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    missionary
    Biography

    Edward Topping Doane was an American Protestant missionary in Micronesia.

  38. John Campbell Rice

    John Campbell Rice
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1864-1937 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    judgelawyer
    Biography

    John Campbell Rice was an American attorney and judge. He was a justice of the Idaho Supreme Court and served as chief justice from 1922 to 1923.