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  • Adlai E. Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the USA (1835 - 1914)
    Ewing Stevenson of Bloomington, Illinois was elected as Vice President of the United States to serve with President Grover Cleveland during Cleveland's second nonconsecutive term from 1893 to 1897. Ste...
  • Frank E. Burton (1928 - 2021)
    Frank Edward Burton was born to Geren and Mildred (Brown) Burton on August 13, 1928 in Des Moines, IA. He entered Heaven on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home from Covid-19. Servi...
  • Richard Vincent Smith, [Twin] (1862 - 1936)
    Richard attended school at McKendree College and at Weleyan College of Bloomington, Illinois. He began his teaching career in Calhoun County and later in Scott County, Illinois.Richard married Ella E. ...
  • Reverend William Augustus Smith (1834 - 1887)
    He was a graduate of Wesleyan University.THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. II, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 816
  • Lester C. Hunt, Governor, U.S. Senator (1892 - 1954)
    Lester Callaway Hunt , Sr. (July 8, 1892 – June 19, 1954), was a Democratic politician and dentist from the state of Wyoming. Hunt was the first to be elected to two consecutive terms as Wyoming's gove...


Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent undergraduate liberal arts college located in Bloomington, Illinois. Founded in 1850, the central portion of the present campus was acquired in 1854 with the first building erected in 1856. It offers over 80 majors, minors and programs in the liberal arts, business, the fine arts, nursing, and eight pre-professional areas.

The University's mission is to foster the traditional liberal arts of creativity, character, and knowledge. Its motto – Scientia et sapientia, or "Knowledge and wisdom" – was coined by famed explorer and Wesleyan Professor John Wesley Powell.

Notable Alumni