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If we had to pick just one, all-time highlight visitor to Marietta College it would probably have to be the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on March 2, 1967. But you could make an argument for William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the U.S., Writer and Activist Betty Friedan or former President Bill Clinton. If it’s sports you like you may pick Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Thorpe, NBA great Bill Russell or Ohio State basketball coach Fred Taylor. Or maybe you remember some of the great concerts — The Police, The Ramones and Three Doors Down — at the old Ban Johnson Fieldhouse.

Here are some of the high profile visitors to step foot on Marietta College’s campus over the past 180-plus years.

Lewis Cass (1842)
1848 Democratic Party Nominee for President

William Irwin (1876)
Governor of California

Charles Warren Fairbanks (1906)
26th U.S. Vice President

Frank Wakely Gunsaulus (1910)
Preacher, Educator, Pastor, Author and Humanitarian

William Howard Taft (June 15, 1910)
27th President of the U.S.

James Guthrie Harbord (1927)
Lt. Gen. In the U.S. Army, President and Chairman of the Board of Radio Corporation of America

David Sarnoff (1935)
President of Radio Corporation of America

Hobart Van Zandt Bosworth (1939)
Actor, Director

Jim Thorpe (1940)
Olympic Gold Medalist and Professional Athlete

Roy E. Larsen (June 2, 1946)
President and Director of Time, Inc.

George White (Oct. 10, 1946)
Former Ohio Governor

Louis Untermeyer (Dec. 7, 1946)
Editor, Poet

Alexander Kerensky (March 9, 1948)
Russian Leader who helped in the downfall of the Czar

Lamar Dodd (May 10, 1948)
American Artist

C. William O'Neill (May 18, 1948)
Future Ohio Governor

Jesse Hilton Stuart (Feb. 14, 1949)
Poet and Author

Robert Taft (1949)
U.S. Senator

Charles Laughton (Oct. 30, 1950)

Lowell Thomas (Feb. 14, 1953)
Commentator, Author, Newsman

Col. Dean Hess (Feb. 14, 1956)
Korean War hero

Howard Simpson (June 1956)
President of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Rock Hudson (Feb. 14, 1957)

Cecil Underwood (Feb. 14, 1957)
West Virginia Governor

Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. (Nov. 4, 1960)
Son of Former President

Randell Jarrell (March 5, 1961)
Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic

Paul Engle (Oct. 10, 1961)

Frank Lausche (1962)
U.S. Senator, Five-time Ohio Governor

Leon Volkov (Sept. 25, 1962)
Soviet Union Affairs Analyst

Ogden Nash (April 29, 1963)
Poet, Humorist

Fred Taylor (May 7, 1963)
Ohio State Basketball Coach

Lloyd L. Harrold (Dec. 5, 1963)
Superintendent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil and Water Conservation

Hanson Baldwin (April 28, 1964)
Military Editor of the New York Times, Leading Military Analyst

Irving Howe (Nov. 14, 1964)

Harry Golden (Dec. 11, 1965)
Author, Humorist

Richard P. Wilbur (March 29, 1966)
Pulitzer Prize Winner

William J. Brennan Jr. (Oct. 25, 1966)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Martin Luther King Jr. (March 2, 1967)
Civil Rights Leader

Barry Goldwater (May 4, 1967)
U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate

F. Lee Bailey (Oct. 13, 1967)
Attorney, Author

Arthur C. Clarke (Nov. 2, 1967)
Author, Inventor

Harrison Salisbury (Nov. 5, 1967)
Editor, New York Times

Michael Harrington (Dec. 7, 1967)
Author of "The Other America"

Ralph Nader (Feb. 9, 1968)
Consumer Advocate

James Miller Symes (Feb. 14, 1968)
President of Pennsylvania Railroad

Dr. Gabriel Cohen (April 11, 1968)
Member of Israeli Parliament

Arthur C. Clarke (April 16, 1968)
Author of "2001: Space Odyssey"

David Brinkley (Oct. 12, 1968)
Television News Anchor

Ed Field (Nov. 19, 1968)

Dr. Josiah Thompson (Nov. 20, 1968)
Author of "Six Seconds in Dallas"

Al Capp (Feb. 6, 1969)
Creator of the "Li’l Abner" Comic Strip

Ann Sexton (Feb. 27, 1969)
Poet, Experimental Dramatist

William F. Buckley Jr. (Oct. 3, 1969)
Journalist, Conservative Spokesman

Richard Eberhart (Oct. 15, 1969)
Pulitzer Prize winner

James Reiss (Nov. 15, 1969)
Poet, Humorist

Diane Wakowski (Dec. 5, 1969)
Avant-Garde Poet

Lillian Gish (Feb. 2, 1970)
Actress, Author

John Glenn (March 31, 1970)
Astronaut, U.S. Senate Candidate

Roy Innes (April 19, 1970)
Head of Congress of Racial Equality

David Schoenbrun (Sept. 17, 1970)
Television Commentator, Author

William Kuntsler (1971)
Attorney for the "Chicago Seven"

Bill Russell (April 20, 1971)
NBA Player, Black Spokesman

Robert Bly (Oct. 15, 1971)
One of the First U.S. Writers to Challenge Government Involvement in Vietnam

Linus Pauling (April 12-15, 1972)
Chemist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Ronald V. Dellums (Sept. 29, 1972)
California Congressman

Galway Kinnell (Oct. 17, 1972)

Michael Novak (Nov. 16, 1972)
Author, Philosopher

Joseph Heller (April 4, 1973)
Author of "Catch-22"

Van Rensselaer Potter (April 18, 1973)
Biologist, Author

Kenneth Boulding (Nov. 1, 1973)
Economist, Educator, Poet, Interdisciplinary philosopher

Dick Gregory (Jan. 27, 1974)
Comedian, Civil Rights Activist

Ed Emberley (April 23, 1974)
Children’s Author, Illustrator

Michael Harper (April 5, 1976)

Williams Proxmire (April 10, 1976)
Wisconsin Senator

Jeff and Annette Carter (Oct. 4, 1976)
Son and Daughter-in-law of the 39th President, Jimmy Carter

Alvin Toffler (Oct. 29, 1976)

Story Musgrave (Nov. 30, 1976)

Nikki Giovanni (Jan. 29, 1977)
Award-winning Poet

R. Buckminster Fuller (Feb. 21, 1977)
Architect, Philosopher, Author

Joyce Peseroff (March 21-25, 1977)

Jane Fonda (Nov. 3, 1977)
Actress, Writer, Political Activist

Ozark Mountain Daredevils (March 1, 1978)
Country Rock Band

Marty Brenneman/Joe Nuxhall (Feb. 14, 1979)
Cincinnati Reds Broadcasters

Harold Hoopman (May 13, 1979)
President of Marathon Oil Co.

The Police (Oct. 17, 1979)
Rock Concert

The Ramones (Oct. 17, 1979)
Rock Concert

Gwendolyn Brooks (Oct. 28, 1979)
First American Black Writer to Win a Pulitzer Prize

Betty Friedan (Feb. 4-8, 1980)
Writer, Activist and Feminist

Maggie Kuhn (Feb. 6, 1980)
Founder of Gray Panthers, Activist

Nicholas von Hoffman (Sept. 26, 1980)
Author, Columnist

Ronald Reagan (Nov. 2, 1980)
Republican Presidential nominee who became the 40th President of the U.S.

Bob Welch (Feb. 17, 1981)
Professional Baseball Player

Allman Brothers (December 1981)
Rock Concert

Peter James (Dec. 2, 1981)
Former CIA informer

Richard Celeste (Feb. 23, 1984)
Ohio Governor

Hon. Keith Best (Sept. 19, 1984)
Member of English Parliament

Norman Vincent Peale (Oct. 24, 1985)
Protestant Preacher, Author

William Swales (May 11, 1986)
President of Marathon Oil Co.

Leonard Silk (March 19, 1987)
New York Times Columnist

Frank Mosier (May 10, 1987)
President and COO of Standard Oil of Ohio

Thomas Cronin (Feb. 18, 1988)
Political Scientist, Educator

Gary Kott (Sept. 8, 1988)
Television Writer, Producer

Dan Quayle (Oct. 20, 1988)
Republican Vice Presidential nominee who became the 44th U.S. Vice President

Andrea Dworkin (March 4, 1989)
Radical Feminist, Writer

Ted Turner (1990)
Media Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Judy Goldsmith (March 29, 1990)
President of National Organization of Women

Vanilla Ice (March 29, 1991)
Rap Concert

George Voinovich (Sept. 25, 1991)
Ohio Governor

C&C Music Factory (Oct. 9, 1991)
Hip Hop Concert

Perry Smith (Feb. 14, 1992)
Military Analyst CNN

Rich Galen (Oct. 3, 1992)
Former Press Secretary, Dan Quayle

Hillary Clinton (Nov. 12, 1993)
First Lady of the U.S.

Al Gore (April 12, 1994)
45th Vice President of the U.S.

Li Zhaoxing (Oct. 23, 1994)
Chinese Ambassador

Randall Robinson (Feb. 23, 1995)
Founder of TransAfrica, Activist

Benjamin Hooks (April 16, 1995)
Former Director of NAACP

Gin Blossoms (April 14, 1996)
Rock Concert

Leslie H. Wexner (May 12, 1996)
Founder and Chair of the Limited, Inc.

Tipper Gore (Oct. 31, 1996)
Wife of Vice President Al Gore

Maya Angelou (Jan. 30, 1997)
Poet, Author

Norman Mailer (Feb. 5, 1997)
Novelist, Journalist, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter and Film Director

Billy Taylor Trio (Feb. 13, 1997)
Jazz Pianist, Composer, Educator

Alex Trotman (Sept. 3, 1997)
CEO Ford Motor Companies

Bob Greene (Sept. 25, 1997)
Nationally Syndicated Newspaper Columnist

Deborah Mathis (Nov. 13, 1997)
Syndicated Columnist

Daniel Schorr (Dec. 4, 1997)
TV, Radio Commentator

Doris Kearns Goodwin (Fall 1998)
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian

Chai Ling (Oct. 21, 1999)
Chinese Human Rights Activist

Dave Pallone (Jan. 27, 2000)
Former Major League Umpire, Author of "Behind the Mask"

Third Eye Blind (March 23, 2000)
Rock Concert

Gloria Steinem (May 6-7, 2000)
Feminist icon, Journalist, Activist

Joyce Carol Oates (Sept. 15, 2000)

John Updike (Sept. 21, 2000)
Novelist, Poet, Art Critic and Literary Critic

Three Doors Down with Fuel and Oleander (March 19, 2001)
Rock Concert

Jonathan Kozol (May 5, 2001)
Non-fiction Writer, Educator, Activist

Chuck Mangione (Feb. 21, 2002)
Flugelhorn Player, Composer

Judy Collins (Sept. 27, 2002)
Folk and Standards Singer and Songwriter

Mark Russell (March 7, 2003)

Phyllis Schlafly (Sept. 30, 2003)
Pro-Family Movement Leader

Jerry Springer (Feb. 4, 2004)
Talk-Show Host, Former Cincinnati Mayor

OAR (April 22, 2004)
Rock Concert

William Kristol (March 31, 2005)
Conservative Commentator

Dinesh D’Souza (Feb. 7, 2006)
Conservative Commentator

Richard Gid Powers (March 21, 2006)

Jeffery Taubenberger (April 10, 2006)
Avian Flu Expert

David Horowitz (April 18, 2006)
Conservative Leader

Juan Williams (April 5, 2007)
Political Journalist

Ted Strickland (May 18, 2007)
Ohio Governor

Victor Davis Hanson (Nov. 1, 2007)
Conservative Commentator

Taylor Swift (Nov. 12, 2007)
Country Music Concert

Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Nov. 15, 2007)
Army General, NBC Analyst

Bill Clinton (Feb. 19, 2008)
42nd U.S. President

John Lewis (May 17, 2008)
U.S. Congressman, Civil Rights Activist

Sarah Palin (Nov. 2, 2008)
Alaska Governor, Republican Vice Presidential nominee

Julianne Hough (June 1, 2009)
Country Music Concert

Paul Ryan (Nov. 3, 2012)
U.S. Congressman

Eugene Robinson (Feb. 21, 2013)
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist

Carl Bernstein (May 12, 2013)
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist

Peter Yarrow (Sept. 17, 2015)
Member of 1960s folk band Peter, Paul & Mary

Jeff Greenfield (Oct. 10-12, 2018)
Veteran political, media and culture reporter