52 Notable alumni of
Knox College

Knox College is 1157th in the world, 417th in North America, and 392nd in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 52 notable alumni from Knox College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Robert Hanssen

    Robert Hanssen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    government agentmolespy
    Biography

    Robert Philip Hanssen is an American former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) double agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States from 1979 to 2001. His espionage was described by the Department of Justice as "possibly the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history." Hanssen is currently serving 15 consecutive life sentences without parole at ADX Florence, a federal supermax prison near Florence, Colorado.

  2. John Podesta

    John Podesta
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    lobbyistlawyerPizzagatepolitician
    Biography

    John David Podesta Jr. is an American political consultant who served as White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2001 and Counselor to President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2015. Before that, he served in the Clinton Administration as White House Staff Secretary from 1993 to 1995 and White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations from 1997 to 1998.

  3. Amy Carlson

    Amy Carlson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    television actoractorfilm actor
    Biography

    Amy Lynn Carlson is an American actress, known for her many distinctive roles such as Linda Reagan in the CBS police procedural Blue Bloods, as Alex Taylor on the NBC drama Third Watch, and Josie Watts in the NBC daytime soap opera Another World.

  4. Gene Rayburn

    Gene Rayburn
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1917-1999 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    television presenterradio personality
    Biography

    Gene Rayburn was an American radio and television personality. He is best known as the host of various editions of the American television game show Match Game for over two decades.

  5. Vir Das

    Vir Das
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    television actorcomedianactor
    Biography

    Vir Das is an Indian comedian, actor and comedy musician. After beginning a career in standup comedy, Das moved to Hindi cinema starring in films like Badmaash Company (2010), Delhi Belly (2011), and Go Goa Gone (2013) in supporting roles. In 2017, he acted in the Netflix special Abroad Understanding. Das has performed in approximately 35 plays, over 100 stand-up comedy shows, 18 films, eight TV shows and six comedy specials. He has written comedic columns for Femina, Maxim, Exotica, DNA and Tehelka. In 2019, he made his debut in American television with the television series, Whiskey Cavalier.

  6. Hiram Rhodes Revels

    Hiram Rhodes Revels
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1827-1901 (aged 74)
    Enrolled in Knox College
    Studied in 1855-1857
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hiram Rhodes Revels was an American politician, minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a college administrator. Born free in North Carolina, he later lived and worked in Ohio, where he voted before the Civil War. Elected by the Mississippi legislature to the United States Senate as a Republican to represent Mississippi in 1870 and 1871 during the Reconstruction era, he was the first African American to serve in either house of the U.S. Congress.

  7. Elizabeth Eckford

    Elizabeth Eckford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    activist
    Biography

    Elizabeth Ann Eckford is one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The integration came as a result of Brown v. Board of Education. Eckford's public ordeal was captured by press photographers on the morning of September 4, 1957, after she was prevented from entering the school by the Arkansas National Guard. A dramatic snapshot by Johnny Jenkins of the United Press (UP) showed the young girl being followed and threatened by an angry white mob; this and other photos of the day's startling events were circulated around the US and the world by the press.

  8. John Buford

    John Buford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1826-1863 (aged 37)
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    John Buford, Jr. was a United States Army cavalry officer. He fought for the Union as a brigadier general during the American Civil War. Buford is best known for having played a major role in the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, by identifying, taking, and holding the "high ground" while in command of a division.

  9. Edgar Lee Masters

    Edgar Lee Masters
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1868-1950 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    writerbiographerlawyerpoetauthor
    Biography

    Edgar Lee Masters was an American attorney, poet, biographer, and dramatist. He is the author of Spoon River Anthology, The New Star Chamber and Other Essays, Songs and Satires, The Great Valley, The Serpent in the Wilderness, An Obscure Tale, The Spleen, Mark Twain: A Portrait, Lincoln: The Man, and Illinois Poems. In all, Masters published twelve plays, twenty-one books of poetry, six novels and six biographies, including those of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Vachel Lindsay, and Walt Whitman.

  10. Whitcomb L. Judson

    Whitcomb L. Judson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1846-1909 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    engineerinventor
    Biography

    Whitcomb L. Judson was an American machine salesman, mechanical engineer and inventor. He received thirty patents over a sixteen-year career, fourteen of which were on pneumatic street railway innovations. Six of his patents had to do with a motor mechanism suspended beneath the rail-car that functioned with compressed air. He founded the Judson Pneumatic Street Railway.

  11. Eugene Field

    Eugene Field
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1850-1895 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    children's writerjournalistwritereditorpoet
    Biography

    Eugene Field Sr. was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays. He was known as the "poet of childhood".

  12. Don Marquis

    Don Marquis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1878-1937 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    authorjournalistwriterscreenwriterpoet
    Biography

    Donald Robert Perry Marquis was an American humorist, journalist, and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, newspaper columnist, and playwright. He is remembered best for creating the characters Archy and Mehitabel, supposed authors of humorous verse. During his lifetime he was equally famous for creating another fictitious character, "the Old Soak," who was the subject of two books, a hit Broadway play (1922–23), a silent film (1926) and a talkie (1937).

  13. Ellen Browning Scripps

    Ellen Browning Scripps
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1836-1932 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    businesspersonwriterjournalist
    Biography

    Ellen Browning Scripps was an American journalist and philanthropist who was the founding donor of several major institutions in Southern California. She and her half-brother E. W. Scripps created America's largest chain of newspapers, linking Midwestern industrial cities with booming towns in the West. By the 1920s, Ellen Browning Scripps was worth an estimated $30 million (or $388 million in 2020 dollars), most of which she gave away.

  14. Margaret A. Ryan

    Margaret A. Ryan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Enrolled in Knox College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts in political science
    Occupations
    judgelawyer
    Biography

    Margaret Ann "Meg" Ryan is a Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. She joined the court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Her term expired on July 31, 2020.

  15. Ralph Waldo Trine

    Ralph Waldo Trine
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1866-1958 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    writerphilosopherauthor
    Biography

    Ralph Waldo Trine was an American philosopher, author, and teacher. He wrote many books on the New Thought movement. Trine was a close friend of Henry Ford and had several conversations with him about success in life.

  16. Robert F. Spetzler

    Robert F. Spetzler
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    neurosurgeon
    Biography

    Robert F. Spetzler is a neurosurgeon and the J.N. Harber Chairman Emeritus of Neurological Surgery and director emeritus of the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He retired as an active neurosurgeon in July 2017. He is also Professor of Surgery, Section of Neurosurgery, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.

  17. Otto Harbach

    Otto Harbach
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1873-1963 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    librettistjournalistsongwriterlyricist
    Biography

    Otto Abels Harbach, born Otto Abels Hauerbach was an American lyricist and librettist of nearly 50 musical comedies and operettas. Harbach collaborated as lyricist or librettist with many of the leading Broadway composers of the early 20th century, including Jerome Kern, Louis Hirsch, Herbert Stothart, Vincent Youmans, George Gershwin, and Sigmund Romberg. Harbach believed that music, lyrics, and story should be closely connected, and, as Oscar Hammerstein II's mentor, he encouraged Hammerstein to write musicals in this manner. Harbach is considered one of the first great Broadway lyricists, and he helped raise the status of the lyricist in an age more concerned with music, spectacle, and stars. Some of his more famous lyrics are "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "Indian Love Call" and "Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine".

  18. S. S. McClure

    S. S. McClure
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1857-1949 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Samuel Sidney McClure was an Irish-American publisher who became known as a key figure in investigative, or muckraking, journalism. He co-founded and ran McClure's Magazine from 1893 to 1911, which ran numerous exposées of wrongdoing in business and politics, such as those written by Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, and Lincoln Steffens. The magazine ran fiction and nonfiction by the leading writers of the day, including Sarah Orne Jewett, Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, Joel Chandler Harris, Jack London, Stephen Crane, William Allen White and Willa Cather.

  19. Henry Thomas Rainey

    Henry Thomas Rainey
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1860-1934 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Henry Thomas Rainey was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party from Illinois, he served in the United States House of Representatives from 1903 to 1921 and from 1923 to his death. He rose to Speaker of the House, during the famous Hundred days of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.

  20. Don Harmon

    Don Harmon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Don Harmon is an American attorney serving as a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 39th District since 2003. His district includes Chicago's Austin neighborhood and the suburbs of Oak Park, Addison, Bensenville, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Northlake, River Grove, Rosemont, Schiller Park, and Stone Park.

  21. Ralph Connor

    Ralph Connor
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1860-1937 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Charles William Gordon, CMG or Ralph Connor, was a Canadian novelist, using the Connor pen name while maintaining his status as a church leader, first in the Presbyterian and later the United Church in Canada.

  22. Earnest Elmo Calkins

    Earnest Elmo Calkins
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1868-1964 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    advertising person
    Biography

    Earnest Elmo Calkins was a deaf American advertising executive who pioneered the use of art in advertising, of fictional characters, the soft sell, and the idea of "consumer engineering". He co-founded the influential Calkins and Holden advertising agency. His work was recognized with many awards during his lifetime and was called the "Dean of Advertising Men" and "arguably the single most important figure in early twentieth century graphic design."

  23. Joseph J. Sisco

    Joseph J. Sisco
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1919-2004 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    academic administratorcolumnistdiplomat
    Biography

    Joseph John Sisco was a diplomat who played a major role in then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East. His career in the State Department spanned five presidential administrations.

  24. Joe Moore

    Joe Moore
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Joseph A. Moore is a former Chicago politician. Moore was first elected to Chicago City Council as the alderman for the 49th ward, which includes the majority of Rogers Park and portions of West Ridge, in 1991. Moore won re-election six times, before losing to challenger Maria Hadden in 2019.

  25. John Huston Finley

    John Huston Finley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1863-1940 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    editorjournalistnewspaper editorwriter
    Biography

    John Huston Finley was Professor of Polities at Princeton University from 1900 to 1903, and President of the City College of New York from 1903 until 1913, when he was appointed President of the University of the State of New York and Commissioner of Education of the State of New York. A promenade along the western bank of the East River between 63rd Street and 125th Street in Manhattan was named the John Finley Walk in 1940 because he had often walked the perimeter of Manhattan.

  26. Julie Morrison

    Julie Morrison
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Julie A. Morrison is a member of the Illinois Senate from the 29th district. The 29th district includes all or parts of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook and North Chicago. Prior to her service in the Illinois Senate, she was the West Deerfield Township Supervisor.

  27. George S. Benson

    George S. Benson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1898-1991 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    missionary
    Biography

    George Stuart Benson was an American missionary, college administrator, and conservative political activist. After fleeing communist uprisings in China as a missionary, Benson became an anticommunist and conservative activist, taking stances against the New Deal, and later, racial integration. Benson served for many years as the president of Harding College, and oversaw a large propaganda network through his National Education Program, which sponsored short cartoons, "Freedom Forums" (gatherings of business people to promote the American way), and lecture tours for Benson.

  28. Don Samuelson

    Don Samuelson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1913-2000 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Donald William Samuelson was an American Republican politician who served as the 25th governor of Idaho, from 1967 to 1971. He is the state's most recent incumbent governor to lose a re-election bid (1970).

  29. Peter Cozzens

    Peter Cozzens
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    historian
    Biography

    Peter Cozzens is an American historian and retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He has written and/or edited over seventeen books on the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars.

  30. Ander Monson

    Ander Monson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1975-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    novelistpoet
    Biography

    Ander Monson is an American novelist, poet, and nonfiction writer.

  31. Shu Kitamura

    Shu Kitamura
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1996-.. (age 26)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Shu Kitamura is a Japanese professional footballer who currently plays for Hong Kong Third Division club Kui Tan.

  32. Lorenzo D. Lewelling

    Lorenzo D. Lewelling
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1846-1900 (aged 54)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lorenzo Dow Lewelling was the 12th Governor of Kansas.

  33. David P. Fridovich

    David P. Fridovich
    Occupations
    soldier
    Biography

    David P. Fridovich is a retired lieutenant general and Green Beret in the United States Army. His position at the time of retirement was deputy commander of the U.S. military's United States Special Operations Command that directs special operations campaigns.

  34. Alson Streeter

    Alson Streeter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1823-1901 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Alson Jenness Streeter was an American farmer, miner and politician who was the Union Labor Party nominee in the United States presidential election of 1888. He was also an early member of the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry following its foundation in the 1860s and supported Granger Laws while in office.

  35. Albinus Nance

    Albinus Nance
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1848-1911 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Albinus Roberts Nance was an American politician. He served as a soldier during the American Civil War, and as the fourth governor of Nebraska.

  36. Edgar Bancroft

    Edgar Bancroft
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1857-1925 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Edgar Addison Bancroft was an American lawyer and diplomat. He served as United States Ambassador to Japan from 1924 to 1925.

  37. Charles Edward Swanson

    Charles Edward Swanson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1879-1970 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Charles Edward Swanson served two terms as a Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa's 9th congressional district. His congressional career ended in the landslide that accompanied the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt to his first term as president.

  38. Ezekiel S. Sampson

    Ezekiel S. Sampson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1831-1892 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Ezekiel Silas Sampson was a lawyer, prosecutor, Civil War officer, judge, and two-term Republican Congressman from Iowa's 6th congressional district.

  39. Robert Bruce Chiperfield

    Robert Bruce Chiperfield
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1899-1971 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Robert Bruce Chiperfield, son of United States Congressman Burnett Mitchell Chiperfield, was an Illinois lawyer and 12-term U.S. Representative from Illinois. He served as chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs during the early years of the Eisenhower administration.

  40. George Radcliffe Colton

    George Radcliffe Colton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1865-1916 (aged 51)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    George Radcliffe Colton was the governor of Puerto Rico from November 6, 1909 to November 5, 1913, a position to which he was appointed by President William Howard Taft.

  41. B. J. Hollars

    B. J. Hollars
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1984-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    B.J. Hollars is an American author of literary essays and nonfiction novels. He is the winner of the Blei/Derleth Nonfiction Award (2014) and the Society of Midland Authors Adult Nonfiction Award (2012). Hollars is the author of Dispatches from the Drownings: Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction (University of New Mexico Press, 2014), Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America (University of Alabama Press, 2011) Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa (The University of Alabama Press, 2013) and other works.

  42. Mikaela Kumlin Granit

    Mikaela Kumlin Granit
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Mikaela Ruth Gunilla Kumlin Granit is a Swedish diplomat who is the Chairperson of the IAEA’s Board of Governors for 2019–2020. She is also Sweden’s Resident Representative to the Agency and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, as well as Ambassador to Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia.

  43. Zack Stephenson

    Zack Stephenson
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Zack Stephenson is an American politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 36A in the northwestern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

  44. Benton Jay Hall

    Benton Jay Hall
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1835-1894 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Benton Jay "Ben" Hall was a one-term Democratic U.S. Representative from Iowa's 1st congressional district in southeastern Iowa.

  45. Charles Wesley Leffingwell

    Charles Wesley Leffingwell
    Years
    1840-1928 (aged 88)
    Biography

    Charles Wesley Leffingwell was an American author, educator, and Episcopal priest.

  46. Linda Langston

    Linda Langston
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Linda Langston is director of strategic relations for the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C., US. Prior to that Langston was a member of the Linn County Board of Supervisors. She also serves as the co-chair of the Resilient America Roundtable for the National Academy of Sciences and is on the national advisory council for FEMA. She was elected in November 2002 and took office the following January. Prior to her public service, she was the executive director of the History Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the executive director of the Linn Mar School Foundation. While living in Chicago and Tulsa, she maintained a private practice in psychotherapy.

  47. Harry Archer

    Harry Archer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1888-1960 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    composer
    Biography

    Harry Archer was an American composer and orchestra leader. He is best remembered for six Broadway shows from the 2nd and 3rd decades of the 20th-century, but also made several popular recordings in the 1920s for Brunswick Records.

  48. George Helgesen Fitch

    George Helgesen Fitch
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1877-1915 (aged 38)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    George Helgesen Fitch was an American author, humorist, and journalist perhaps best known for his stories about fictional Siwash College.

  49. Stephen V. White

    Stephen V. White
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1831-1913 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Stephen Van Culen White was a U.S. Representative from New York.

  50. James E. Defebaugh

    James E. Defebaugh
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1926-2014 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    James E. Defebaugh was a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1971 to 1982.

  51. William E. Phelps

    William E. Phelps
    Years
    1835-1914 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    William Edwin Phelps was an American politician from Peoria County, Illinois. During the Civil War, he served as Consulate General of Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 1868, he was elected to one term in the Illinois House of Representatives.

  52. John Poage Williamson

    John Poage Williamson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1835-1917 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    writermissionarypolitician
    Biography

    John Poage Williamson was an American missionary, politician, and writer.