John L Sullivan

Graduating class of 1917

John L. Sullivan, a graduate of Central High School in 1917 and of Dartmouth College in 1921, John L. Sullivan earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1924. Mayor of Hanover, N.H. and two-time candidate for Governor of New Hampshire, he served as US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and US Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air before being named the first Secretary of the Navy in the new Department of Defense serving in that position from 1947 to 1949. He established a scholarship fund at Central High School.