Both the 25th governor of Minnesota and a temporary front-runner in the presidential election of 1948, Harold E. Stassen served the U.S. both in a legal capacity and a military one. After leading the Navy’s prisoner evacuation program in Japan, he was released from service and elected by President Roosevelt to be a delegate to the United Nations charter conference then happening in San Francisco.

A wise choice and a good match, for he had left law and enlisted in the Navy in part to take a stand against isolationist beliefs.

Before passing away in 2001, he participated in various professional associations such as the Committee on Constitutional Aspects of International Agreements of the American Bar Association, the Crusade for Freedom, and the U.S. Interreligious Committee on Peace.