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Famous History Majors

In Government


  • Joe Biden (VP of the U.S.)
  • Gordon Brown (PM of Britain)
  • George W. Bush (43rd President of the U.S.)
  • Newt Gringrich (50th Speaker of the House of Representatives)
  • Eric Holder (Attorney General of the U.S.)
  • Elena Kagan (Supreme Court Justice of the U.S.)
  • Richard Nixon (37th President of the U.S.)
  • Samantha Power (US Ambassador to the UN)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the U.S.)
  • Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court Justice of the U.S.)


Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States

In Business


      • Donna Dubinsky (CEO of Palm, Co-founder of Handspring and Numenta)
      • Carly Fiorina (CEO of Hewlett-Packard)
      • Richard B. Fisher (Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley)
      • Chris Hughes (Co-founder of Facebook)
      • Samuel J. Palmisano (President and CEO of IBM)
    • Jim Rogers (Co-founder of the Quantum Fund, Creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index)
    • Ben Silverman (Co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio)
    • Martha Stewart (Businesswoman and Television Personality)
    • Sir Howard Stringer (Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation)

In the Media


  • Wolf Blitzer (CNN News Anchor)
  • David Brancaccio (Host of NPR's Marketplace)
  • Malcolm Gladwell (Author, Journalist, and Staff Writer for the New Yorker)
  • Seymour Hersh (Investigative Journalist and Political Writer)
  • Tony Horwitz, (Journalist, Author, and Pulitzer Prize Recipient)
  • Andrés Martinez (Journalist and Author)
  • Bill O'Reilly, (Political Commentator)
  • Ray Suarez (Broadcast Journalist, PBS Evening News)

In Entertainment


    • Ellen Barkin (Actress)
    • Sacha Baron Cohen (Actor and Comedian)
    • Jimmy Buffett (Musician and Entrepreneur)
    • Steve Carell (Actor and Comedian)
    • Julia Child (Chef, Cookbook Author, and Television Personality)
  • Janeane Garofalo (Actress and Comedian)
  • Katharine Hepburn (Academy Award-Winning Actress)
  • Errol Morris (Documentary Filmmaker)
  • Conan O'Brien (Comedian and Television Talk Show Host)


In Literature


    • Magali García Ramis (Novelist and Short Story Writer)
    • Sharon Kay Penman (Historical Novelist)
    • Annie Proulx (Novelist and Short Story Writer)
    • Ayn Rand (Writer and Philosopher)
    • Gail Z. Martin (Fantasy Writer)



Public Figures


  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Professional Basketball Player)
  • Chelsea Clinton (Author, Public Health Advocate)
  • W.E.B. Du Bois (Sociologist, Writer, Political Activist)
  • Kevin Fagan (Cartoonist, "Drabble" Creator)
  • Drew Gilpin Faust (Harvard University President)
  • Grant Hill (Professional Basketball Player)
    • Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Olympic Medalist)
    • Naruhito (Emperor of Japan)
    • Josh Sawyer (Video Game Designer)
    • Flo Steinberg (Independent Comic Books Publisher)
    • Frank Stella (Artist)




University of Illinois, Department of History
The Ohio State University, Department of History
The American Historical Association