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William Henry Maxwell (December 3, 1876 - October 12, 1948) was an American general and diplomat, best known for heading American forces during the Japanese invasion of the United States in 1925, and his command over the Malayan Campaigns in 1927 and 1928, in particular the intense fighting in southern Sumatra. After the war, he served as the American military governor of Saigon for five years (1932-1937) and later served as the Secretary of War under President Alf Landon, retiring from the US Army in 1941. Speculated as a potential US President, he declined positions on both the Nationalist and Democratic tickets, believing politics to be a demotion in terms of service to the nation. His son, Henry James Maxwell, would serve as a general in both the Boer-American War and the intervention in England.