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History Department

Some Famous History Majors

Theodore Roosevelt

U.S. Presidents

  • Theodore Roosevelt (Harvard University)
  • Woodrow Wilson (Princeton University)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (Harvard University)
  • Richard Nixon (Whittier College)
  • George W. Bush (Yale University)

N.B. Teddy Roosevelt (in 1912) and Woodrow Wilson (in 1924) also served as president of the American Historical Association.

Others in Politics

  • W.E.B. DuBois, co-founder of the NAACP (Fisk University)
  • Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge (Harvard University)
  • Sen. George McGovern (Dakota Wesleyan University)
  • Sen. George Mitchell (Bowdoin College)
  • Rep. Newt Gingrich (Emory University)
  • ┬áJustice Antonin Scalia (Georgetown University)
W.E.B. Dubois

N.B. (1) DuBois was also the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard (in History). (2) Before becoming Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich also earned a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Tulane University and taught history at Western Georgia College.


  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (UCLA)
  • Ken Dryden (Cornell University)
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee (UCLA)
  • Grant Hill (Duke University)

The Media

Martha Stewart
  • Chris Berman (Brown University)
  • Wolf Blitzer (SUNY-Buffalo)
  • Seymour Hersh (University of Chicago)
  • Charles Kuralt (University of North Carolina)

The Business World

  • Carly Fiorina (Stanford University)
  • Lee Iacocca (Lehigh University)
  • Martha Stewart (Barnard College)


Steve Carell
  • Katharine Hepburn (Bryn Mawr College)
  • Conan O'Brien (Harvard University)
  • Lauryn Hill (Columbia University)
  • Steve Carell (Denison University)
  • Edward Norton (Yale University)
  • Ellen Barkin (Hunter College)
  • Jimmy Buffett (Auburn University)
  • Janeane Garofalo (Providence College)
  • Michael Palin (University of Oxford)

N.B. Michael Palin is not the only member of Monty Python with an interest in history. Terry Jones has written on the history of chivalry and has hosted a History Channel series on the Middle Ages.

IMAGES, FROM TOP : (1) 1912 Political cartoon featuring historian and presidential candidate Teddy Roosevelt - From The College of New Jersey's collection, "Images of American Political History"; (2) W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963), historian, sociologist, and civil rights activist - From the Northwestern University Library; (3) Martha Stewart -- from Martha Stewart.com; (4) Steve Carell, star of The Office - From NBC.