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EDWARD J. DERWINSKI. Photograph signed: "Edward J Derwinski/4th/Illinois". B/w, 8x10¾. Illinois' 4th District includes part of Chicago, Derwinski's hometown. An Illinois Congressman from 1959-1983, Edward Joseph Derwinski (born in 1926) was the first Secretary of Veterans Affairs, serving under President George Bush from 1989-1992. Derwinski, a Polish-American and WWII veteran, had previously served for one term in the Illinois House of Representatives (1957-1958). President of the West Pullman Savings & Loan Association from 1950-1975, Derwinski's public service also included serving as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly (1971-1972), Counselor to the Department of State (1983-1987) and Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology (1987-1989). Slightly creased at upper left margin, black mark at lower right margin. Fine condition.

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Born: September 15, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: January 15, 2012 in Oak Brook, Illinois

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