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Notable Alumni University of Virginia

Degrees/Attendance 1830-1930



Alben W. Barkley (Attended 1898)
Vice President under Harry S. Truman
John Singleton Mosby (Attended 1853)
Famous Confederate partisan
Hugh D. Scott (LAW '22)
Former U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania
John C. Stennis (LAW '27)
Former U.S. Senator for Mississippi
Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart (CLAS '28)
Secretary of the Interior, delegate to state secession convention, Committee of Nine member, Rector of the University (1874-1882)
Woodrow Wilson (Attended 1879)
Former U.S. President, founder of the League of Nations, Nobel Peace laureate.


Charles T. Pepper (MED 1855)
The original "Dr. Pepper". The creator of Dr Pepper named the drink after Charles T. Pepper, the father of a girl he was in love with.

Health Care & Medicine

Walter Reed (MED 1869)
Medical pioneer, discovered vaccine for yellow fever

Science & Technology

Jesse W. Beams Jr. (GSAS '25)
World-renowned physicist


Eppa Rixey (CLAS 1914, GSAS '20)
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame


Wade Hampton Frost (CLAS 1901, MED 1903)
Established the Department of Epidemiology at John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and served as Dean of the School

Land, Sea, & Space

Richard E. Byrd (Attended 1908)
One of Antarctica's greatest explorers. On November 29, 1929, he became the first man to fly over both the North and South poles.
William F. Halsey (Attended 1901)
Former Admiral, U.S. Navy
James McConnell (Attended 1907)
One of the original seven pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille, World War I
Alexander Archer Vandegrift (CLAS 1909)
18th Commandant and the first 4-star general of the US Marine Corps. Winner of Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Cross, and Medal of Honor

Arts & Literature

Paul Bowles (Attended '28)
Author, The Sheltering Sky; composer
Erskine Caldwell (Attended '23, Attended '26)
Novelist, Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre
Julien Green (Attended 1919)
Novelist; member, Academie Francaise
Georgia O'Keeffe (Attended 1912)
Renowned artist of American Modernism. Introduced techniques that made her famous at a summer course taken at U.Va.

International/Foreign Affairs

Fernando Bolivar (Attended '28)
Venezuelan diplomat; U.Va.'s first Hispanic student
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