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C. William Verity, Edit Profile

also known as Calvin William Verity Jr.

entrepreneur , politician

C. William Verity,, American former secretary of commerce. Served with United States Navy, 1942-1946.


The born was a native of Middletown, Ohio, on January 26, 1917, to son of Calvin William Verity, Sr. and Elizabeth (O'Brien) Verity.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1939.


He served as the Secretary of Commerce between 1987 and 1989, under President Ronald Reagan. Early life and education He started there in 1940, and retired from Armco in 1982. Secretary of Commerce Between 1980 and 1981, Verity was a chairman in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In 1981, he served as chairman of Reagan's bipartisan task force on Private Sector Initiatives (PSI). Between 1979 and 1984, he co-chaired the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Trade Economic Council, a private sector council of American and Soviet businessmen. During Verity's time at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he established the Commerce Hall of Fame in 1988 to honor good employees of the department.

In 1988, he also created the Office of Space Commerce to support the National Space Council. That office was an early version of the Office of Space Commercialization, an office created to promote the effective commercial use of outer space. According to Jonathan Chait of The New Republic, Verity kept a passage from Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged on his desk, including the line "How well you do your work.

. . the only measure of human value." Personal life He died on January 3, 2007, a complications of pneumonia, in Beaufort, South Carolina, at the age of 89. He is interred in Woodside Cemetery, Middletown, Ohio.


In 1983, he was appointed to be a member of PSI's Advisory Council and later served on PSI's Board of Advisors.


Son of Calvin William Verity & Elizabeth O'Brien. Married Margaret Wymond. Children: Peggy, Jonathan George, William Wymond.

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