James William Denver (1817–92), Law 1844, was Commissioner of Indian Affairs, appointed by U.S. President James Buchanan in 1857-59, with an intermediary lapse to be Kansas territorial governor. He was also an American politician, a soldier in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War, a trader, a lawyer and an esteemed actor who played leading roles in California productions of “Macbeth” and “Hamlet.” Denver, Colo., and the Devner omelet were named in his honor.
Judson Harmon (1846-1927), Law 1870, U.S. attorney general, 1895-97; Ohio governor, 1909-13.
William Lawrence (1819-99), Law 1840, first comptroller of the U.S. Treasury (1880-85), chairman of the Committee on War Claims arising from the Civil War and influential in creating the U.S. Department of Justice, helping to create the American Red Cross and ratifying the Geneva Convention.
Lawrence Maxwell Jr. (1853-1927), Law 1875, U.S. solicitor general, 1893-95.
Charles Sawyer (1887-1979), Law '1911, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1948-53 (See "Embassies" listing below.)
John "Jack" Gilligan (1921-2013) Law '47, administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development, 1977-79; director of the U.S. Institute for Public Policy, 1979-86. (See governor listing below.)
John Altenburg, Law '73, U.S. Army major general, military lawyer and appointing authority for military commissions covering detainees at Guantanamo, 2003-06