Famous People Who Majored in History


You may not realize that many famous people began their careers with history degrees. Below are just some of the many notables.


Famous people who majored in history

In the Media:

Charles Kuralt (Author/Former CBS Reporter)
Charlie Rose (Journalist/TV Talk Show Host)
Wolf Blitzer (Journalist/Author/CNN Reporter)
Bill O'Reilly (TV Personality/Author)

In Business:

Martha Stewart (Businesswoman/Author)
Lee Iacocca (Industrialist/Former CEO of Chrysler/Author)
Sam Palmisano (CEO of IBM Corporation)
Chris Hughes (Co-founder of Facebook)

In Entertainment:

Steve Carell (Actor/Writer/Producer)
Conan O'Brien (Comedian/Writer)
Julia Child (Chef)
Larry David (Comedian/Writer)
Katharine Hepburn (Actress)
John Lithgow (Actor)
Will Forte (Actor/Comedian)
Janeane Garofalo (Comedian, Actress)
Ellen Barkin (Actress)

In Sports:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Former Pro Basketball Player)
Grant Hill (Pro Basketball Player)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Olympic Medalist in Track & Field)


More famous people who majored in history


Ayn Rand (Novelist)
Art Garfunkel (Singer/Songwriter)
Lauryn Hill (Singer/Actress)
Jimmy Buffett (Singer/Songwriter)


Franklin D. Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow WIlson
John F. Kennedy
Richard Nixon
George W. Bush
Dwight Eisenhower

Other Leaders:

W.E.B. DuBois (Co-founder of the NAACP) 
Henry Kissinger (Ambassador/Secretary of State)
Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister)


George McGovern (Senator/Author/Historian)
Joe Biden (President)
Gordon Brown (Prime Minister of Great Britain)

In the Legal Field:

Elena Kagan (U.S. Supreme Court Justice)
Eric Holder (Former Attorney General of the United States)
Antonin Scalia (U.S. Supreme Court Justice)
Anthony Kennedy(U.S. Supreme Court Justice)