John Volpe

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Person.png John Volpe  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, politician, deep state operative?)
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BornJohn Anthony Volpe
December 8, 1908
Wakefield, Massachusetts, United States
DiedNovember 11, 1994 (Age 85)
Nahant, Massachusetts, United States
Alma materWentworth Institute of Technology
ReligionRoman Catholic
ChildrenJohn Anthony Volpe Jr. Loretta Jean Volpe Rotondi
SpouseJennie Volpe
Governor of Massachusetts, later Secretary of Transportation and US Ambassador to Italy.

Employment.png United States Secretary of Transportation

In office
January 22, 1969 - February 2, 1973

Employment.png Governor of Massachusetts Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 5, 1961 - January 3, 1963

Employment.png Governor of Massachusetts Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 7, 1965 - January 22, 1969

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Italy

In office
March 6, 1973 - January 24, 1977

John Anthony Volpe was an American businessman, diplomat, and politician from Massachusetts. A son of Italian immigrants, he founded and owned a large construction firm. Politically, he was a Republican in increasingly Democratic Massachusetts, serving as its 61st and 63rd Governor from 1961 to 1963 and 1965 to 1969, as the United States Secretary of Transportation from 1969 to 1973, and as the United States Ambassador to Italy from 1973 to 1977.[1] As Secretary of Transportation, Volpe was an important figure in the development of the Interstate Highway System at the federal level.

1968 US Presidential Election

On Aug. 8, 1968, Volpe came within minutes of being chosen as Richard Nixon's running mate for US Vice President, but Nixon chose Spiro Agnew at the last minute.[2]

United States Ambassador to Italy

In January 1974, as US Ambassador to Italy, John Volpe named mafia banker Michele Sindona "Man of the Year".

In a 1975 interview, he expressed the US administration's opposition to the possible entry of the Italian Communist Party into the Italian government: this eventuality "would determine a fundamental contradiction" with Italy's membership of NATO.[3]

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