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EDWARD J. DERWINSKI. TLS: "Ed Derwinski" as U .S. Representative from Illinois, 1p, 6x9. Washington, D.C., 1981 April 4. On letterhead of Congress of the United States, House of Representatives to Mr. John S. Bush, Jr., United States Gypsum Company, Washington, D.C. In full: "Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sending me the information on the Duratherm Company and for the copy of your 1980 Annual Report. I appreciate your efforts and your interest, and hope you make a point to keep in touch in matters of mutual interest. Thank you again. Sincerely yours". 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). Lightly creased with folds, lower horizontal fold through signature. Pin holes at upper left margin, date stamp at upper right edge. 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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