14 Notable alumni of
Wesleyan College

Wesleyan College is 2283rd in the world, 779th in North America, and 736th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 14 notable alumni from Wesleyan College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Soong May-ling

    Soong May-ling
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1897-2003 (aged 106)
    Enrolled in Wesleyan College
    Studied in 1912-1913
    Occupations
    politicianpublic figure
    Biography

    Soong Mei-ling or, legally, Soong May-ling, also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek or Madame Chiang, was a Chinese political figure who was First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of Generalissimo and President Chiang Kai-shek. Soong played a prominent role in the politics of the Republic of China and was the sister-in-law of Sun Yat-sen, the founder and the leader of the Republic of China. She was active in the civic life of her country and held many honorary and active positions, including chairwoman of Fu Jen Catholic University. During WW2, she rallied against the Japanese; and in 1943 conducted an eight-month speaking tour of the United States of America to gain support. Her life spanned three centuries.

  2. Soong Ching-ling

    Soong Ching-ling
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1893-1981 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rosamond Soong Ch'ing-ling was a Chinese political figure. As the third wife of Sun Yat-sen, then Premier of the Kuomintang and President of the Republic of China, she was often referred to as Madame Sun Yat-sen. She was a member of the Soong family and, together with her siblings, played a prominent role in China's politics prior to and after 1949.

  3. John Pemberton

    John Pemberton
    Years
    1831-1888 (aged 57)
    Occupations
    inventorpharmaceutical industrybusinessperson
    Biography

    John Stith Pemberton was an American pharmacist and Confederate States Army veteran who is best known as the inventor of Coca-Cola. In May 1886, he developed an early version of a beverage that would later become Coca-Cola, but sold his rights to the drink shortly before his death.

  4. Soong Ai-ling

    Soong Ai-ling
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1889-1973 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Soong Ai-ling, legally Soong E-ling or Eling Soong (June 14, 1888 – October 18, 1973) was a Chinese businesswoman, the eldest of the Soong sisters and the wife of H. H. Kung (Kung Hsiang-Hsi), who was the richest man in the early 20th century Republic of China. The first character of her given name is written as 靄 (same pronunciation) in some texts. Her Christian name was Nancy.

  5. Toni Jennings

    Toni Jennings
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Antoinette Jennings is an American politician who was the 16th Lieutenant Governor of Florida. She was nominated to the office by Governor Jeb Bush in February 2003 to replace Frank Brogan, who resigned to become president of Florida Atlantic University. She was sworn in on March 3, 2003, becoming the first woman to hold the office. She declined to run for governor in 2006 even though she was reputed to be Bush's preferred choice as his successor.

  6. Barbara S. Pope

    Barbara S. Pope
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Enrolled in Wesleyan College
    Studied in 1971
    Biography

    Barbara Spyridon Pope was United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 1989 to 1993. She came to prominence during the Tailhook scandal for her opposition to the initial investigation conducted by Rear Admiral Duvall M. Williams, Jr., which she felt was a whitewash.

  7. Sara Branham

    Sara Branham
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1888-1962 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    microbiologistphysician
    Biography

    Sara Elizabeth Branham Matthews was an American microbiologist and physician best known for her research into the isolation and treatment of Neisseria meningitidis, a causative organism of meningitis.

  8. Kathryn Stripling Byer

    Kathryn Stripling Byer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-2017 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    poetwriter
    Biography

    Kathryn Stripling Byer, also called Kay Byer, was an American poet and teacher. She was named by Governor Mike Easley as the fifth North Carolina Poet Laureate from 2005–09. She was the first woman to hold the position.

  9. George W. Cole

    George W. Cole
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1827-1875 (aged 48)
    Occupations
    military personnelphysician
    Biography

    George W. Cole was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. His wartime commands included the 2nd United States Colored Cavalry, and he attained the rank of major general by brevet. In 1867 Cole was accused of murder after he killed L. Harris Hiscock, a member of the New York State Assembly. Cole accused Hiscock of an affair with Mrs. Cole; his first trial ended with a hung jury, and he was acquitted at the second on the grounds of "momentary insanity".

  10. Viola Ross Napier

    Viola Ross Napier
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1881-1962 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Viola Ross Napier was one of the first two women, along with Bessie Kempton, to be elected into the House of Representatives in the U.S. state of Georgia following the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gave women the right to vote. Napier was also the first female lawyer to argue in front of the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. In 1993 she was posthumously inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement.

  11. Betty Cantrell

    Betty Cantrell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1994-.. (age 28)
    Occupations
    modelbeauty pageant contestant
    Biography

    Baciliky Andris "Betty" Maxwell is an American singer, actress, model, author, and beauty pageant titleholder from Warner Robins, Georgia, who was crowned Miss Georgia 2015. On September 13, 2015, she was crowned Miss America 2016 by Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev. She is the first Miss Georgia to be crowned Miss America since Neva Jane Langley, Miss America 1953.

  12. Richard S. Rust

    Richard S. Rust
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1815-1906 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Richard Sutton Rust was an American Methodist preacher, abolitionist, educator, writer, lecturer, secretary of the Freedmen's Bureau, and founder of the Freedmen's Aid Society. He also helped found multiple educational institutions including his namesake Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, the oldest historically black United Methodist-related college.

  13. Mary Ross Banks

    Mary Ross Banks
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1846-1910 (aged 64)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Mary Ross Banks was an American litterateur and author. Her literary fame came to her suddenly and was the result of one book, Bright Days on the Old Plantation (Boston, 1882).

  14. Clare de Graffenried

    Clare de Graffenried
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1849-1921 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    investigatorlabor leader
    Biography

    Mary Clare de Graffenried was an American labor researcher and writer, who worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor beginning in 1888. She wrote a number of influential articles on the conditions of working-class people, particularly women and children, including the controversial 1891 essay "The Georgia Cracker in the Cotton Mill." Her work is notable for its early inclusion of scientific data as a basis for rhetorical argument in discussions of the American working class.