Famous politicians and the colleges they attended
College is full of characters from all walks of life. There are the jocks, the nerds, the wannabe nerds, the struggling artists, the activists, and the kids who are always asleep in class. Among all these personalities could be our nation’s next great leaders.
Scouring the web, Stacker created a list of 50 famous U.S. politicians and the colleges they attended. Some were famous for their campus activism, others for rarely showing up to class. Each slide contains some biographical information about the political leader, where they attended school, and some important information about their time at university.
Did any famous politicians attend your college? Did any share your major? Read on to find out. Also, don’t miss learning about the politician who was expelled from Harvard University for cheating. We begin our list with a movie star who went to a little college in Eureka, Illinois.
Ronald Reagan was President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He was known for his economic reform—specifically the concept of “trickle down economics”—and his earlier career as an actor in Hollywood. Reagan attended Eureka College in Illinois, and majored in economics and sociology.
Gabrielle Giffords served as a representative from Arizona between 2007 and 2012. She was shot in the head during a campaign event in 2011, and is now a strong supporter of gun legislation reform. Giffords attended Scripps College in California as an undergraduate, majoring in Latin American history and sociology. She received a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University.
John Lewis has served as a representative from Georgia since 1987. He is famous for his work during the Civil Rights Movement, and was a speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis has a degree in religion and philosophy from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He also graduated from American Baptist Theological Seminary.
Barack Obama was the 44th American president and first African-American president, serving between 2009 and 2017. Among other notable achievements, he helped pass the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare). Obama has a degree in political science from Columbia University, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991.
Ted Cruz is a Republican senator from Texas, a position he has held since 2013, and ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 presidential campaign. Cruz graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School.
Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011. He also enjoyed a successful film career, starring in movies like “Terminator” and “True Lies" after gaining international fame as a bodybuilder. Schwarzenegger later earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin in business administration and marketing.
Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States, known largely for his real estate business and reality TV career. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 with a degree in economics.
Ron Paul is a former congressman from Texas, widely known for his libertarian views. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Gettysburg College, and a medical degree from Duke University.
Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montana.
Lyndon Johnson was the 36th president of the United States, taking over after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. During his term, Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. He had a degree in education from Southwest Texas State Teachers College.2018 All rights reserved.