List of Alumni Serving in the Military

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This page is dedicated to Alumni of the College of William and Mary who served in the United States Military.


Acuff, A. Marshall, Jr.; Class of 1962; Board of Visitors (BOV) 1991-1999; Rector, W&M 1996-1999; President, Society of Alumni 1989-1991; CT (Lt. USA)

Adams, Thomas; Class of 1755/56; Continental Congress of the US, from VA 1778-1779; Distinguished Alumni List

Albertson-Chapman, Eileen; Class of 1970 JD; Colonel, USMC

Alderson, James Morris; Class of 1953; Captain, USN

Allard, Henry George; Class of 1957; Colonel, USA

Alligood, Ray Lester, Jr.; Class of 1960; Colonel, USA

Ambler, Edward; BOV 1769, VA

Ambler, John; BOV 1794, VA

Anderson, Alvin P.; Class of 1970, JD 1972; President, Society of Alumni 1996-1997

Anderson, Richard Clough; Class of 1804/05; House of Representatives, US from KY 1817-1821; Minister Plenipotentiary to Columbia, 1823

Andrews, M. Carl; Class of 1927; BOV 1958-1966, VA

Anthony, Garner; Class of 1953; BOV 1988-1991, Hawaii; Lt. USMC

Archer, Richard C.; Class of 1804; Secretary of War, Republic of Texas; Roll of Fame

Archer, William Segar; Class of 1805/1808/1810; House of Representatives, US from VA 1820-1835; Senate, US from VA 1841-1847

Armbruster, William A.; Class of 1957; Captain, USN; President, Society of the Alumni 1986-87

Armistead, Frank; Class of 1897; President, Society of the Alumni 1930-1932

Armistead, Henry; BOV 1736, VA, Rector, 1736

Armistead, Robert B.; Class of 1843/47; Major, Confederate Army

Armistead, William; BOV 1812

Arnheiter, Theodore L., Jr.; Class of 1950; Colonel, USAF

Arthur, R. William; Class of 1938; BOV 1954-1962, 1966-1969, VA

Ashby, H. M.; Class of 1853/54; Colonel, Confederate Army

Atkeson, John C.; 1963 (MED); Rear Admiral, USN

Atkinson, Archibald; Class of 1813; House of Representatives, US from VA 1843-1849; Distinguished Alumni List

Avery, John; Class of 1971; Colonel, USA


  • Appleton’s Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James G. Wilson. New York Appleton, 1891. 6 vols. (Ref. E 176 A655)

BDAC – Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996. Alexandria, Va. CQ Staff Directories, 1997. (Ref. JK 1010 A5 1774/1996)

BDG – Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States 1789-1978, edited by Robert Sobel and John Raimo. Westport, Conn. Greenwood Press, 1978. (Ref. E176 B573)

Bicentennial Register – General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619-January 11, 1978A Bicentennial Register of Members, compiled by Cynthia Miller Leonard. Richmond Virginia State Library, 1978. (Va. Ref. JK 3930 A3 1978)

Biographical Annals – Biographical Annal of the Civil Government of the United States, During its First Century, by Charles Lanman. Washington D.C. James Anglim, Publisher, 1876. (E 176 L291)

Biographical Dic. Confed. – Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy, by Jon L. Wakelyn. Westport, Conn. Greenwood Press, 1977. (Ref. E 467 W2)

Civil War Generals – Civil War Generals Categorical Listings and a Biographical Directory, compiled by James Spencer. Westport, Conn. Greenwood Press, 1986. (E 467 S78 1986)

DAB – Dictionary of American Biography, edited by Dumas Malone. New York Scribner’s, 1936. 20 vols. and supplements. (Ref. E 176 D56)

DNCB – Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, edited by William S. Powell. Chapel Hill University of North Carolina Press, 1979. (Ref. CT 252 D5)

EVB – Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, edited by Lyon G. Tyler. New York Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1915. (Va. Ref. F 225 T97)

FHC – Flat Hat Club and the Phi Beta Kappa Society Some New Light on Their History, edited by George P. Coleman. Richmond Press of the Dietz Printing Co., 1916. (Rare Book LJ75 P29W75)

Gwathmey – Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, 1775-1783, by John H. Gwathmey. Richmond Dietz Press, 1938. (Va. Ref. E263 V8G9)

Hening’s - Statutes at Large Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, From the First Session of the Legislature in the Year 1619, by William Walter Hening. Charlottesville University Press of Virginia, 1969. Reprint of 1819-1923 edition. 13 vols. (Va. Ref. KFV 2425.2 1809b)

Hornbook – Hornbook of Virginia History, edited by Emily J. Salmon and Edward D.C. Campbell, Jr. 4th ed. Richmond The Library of Virginia 1994. (Va. Ref. F 226 H8 1994)

Lamb’s – Lamb’s Biographical Dictionary of the United States, edited by John H. Brown. Boston James A. Lamb Co., 1900. 7 vols. (Ref. E 176 C991)

Latin America – The United States in Latin America A Historical Dictionary, by David Shavit. New York Greenwood Press, 1992. (Ref. F 1418 S494 1992)

Lee’s Colonels – Lee’s Colonels A Biographical Register of the Fields Officers of the Army of Northern Virginia, by Robert K. Krick. Dayton, Ohio Morningside Bookshop, 1979. (E 467 K75)

National Cyclopedia – National Cyclopedia of American Biography. Clifton, N.J. J. T. White, 1893--. 63 vols. and supplements. (Ref. E 176 N27)

PAP – Patriot Above Profit, A Portrait of Thomas Nelson, Jr., by Nell Moore Lee. Nashville, TN 1988, (E 263 V8N438)

Provisional List – Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, From 1693 to 1888. Richmond Division of Purchase and Printing, 1941. (Va Ref. LD 6051 W51a 1866-1932)

SCHB – Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1643-1776, by Jon Kukla. Richmond Virginia State Library, 1981. (Va. Ref. JK 83 V8K84)

SCHD – Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates 1776-1996, by Bruce Jamerson. Richmond s.n., 1996. (Va. Ref. JK 3930 S3 1996)

VMHB – Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Richmond Virginia Historical Society, 1893--. (Va. Ref. F 221 V91)

WMA – William and Mary Archives Board of Visitors card file

WMAFAF – William and Mary Archives Faculty Alumni File

WMAPC – William and Mary Archives Archives/People card file

WMQ 7(1) – William and Mary Quarterly, edited by Lyon G. Tyler. Vol. 7, 1st Series, pp.1-9. “Education in Colonial Virginia. Part V Influence of William and Mary college.” (Va. Ref. F 221 W71)

ZT – Zachary Taylor: Soldiers of the Republic, by Holman Hamilton, Archon Books, 1966

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