JOHN A. VOLPE
As Secretary of Transportation, he appreciates a Boston couple's
kindness after the death of his brother Pat.
Typed Letter signed: "John" as Secretary of
Transportation, 1 page, 7x9. Washington, D.C., 1969 August 31. On
letterhead of the Secretary of Transportation, written to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H.
Weinstein, Boston, Massachusetts, in full: "I deeply appreciate your
message of sympathy in the loss of my brother Pat. Our friends have been a
wonderful source of comfort to all of us and we are most grateful for your
concern. I shall long remember your kindness. Sincerely," John Anthony
Volpe (1908-1994) the son of Italian immigrants, had started his own
construction firm in 1930, and during WWII, he volunteered to serve as a
stateside U.S. Navy Seabees training officer. Named Massachusetts
Commissioner of Public Works in 1953, Volpe became the first Federal
Highway Administrator in 1956. He served as Governor of Massachusetts
from 1961-1963 and 1965-1969, during which time he was President of
the National Governors Association (1967-1968). Volpe was Nixon's
Secretary of Transportation (1969-1973), serving in the Cabinet post during
the time that Amtrak was created. Volpe was Ambassador to Italy from
1973-1977. One horizontal fold. Slightly creased. Slightly soiled at bottom
margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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