Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
LESINSKI, John, Jr. (1914-2005)

LESINSKI, JOHN, JR., (son of John Lesinski), a Representative from Michigan; born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., December 28, 1914; at the age of eleven years moved with his parents to Dearborn, Mich.; attended the parochial schools, St. Cyril and Methodeusz Seminary, Orchard Lake, Mich., and graduated from Fordson High School, Dearborn, Mich.; at the age of eighteen years enlisted in the United States Navy as an apprentice seaman and served, 1933-1937; was called to active duty again in February 1941 and served until October 1945; awarded the Purple Heart Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Medals; vice president, Hamtramck Lumber Co., 1939-1943 and 1951-1954; president, Dearborn Properties; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1965); unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the Eighty-ninth Congress in 1964; member, board of commissioners, Wayne County, Mich., 1968-1973; died on October 21, 2005, in Dearborn, Mich.

Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library
Providence, RI
Papers: In the J. Lyons Moore papers, 1904-1974, 13 boxes.
Correspondents include John Lesinski, Jr.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1930s-1964, 27 linear feet, 3 oversize volumes, and 2 oversize folders.
The Congressional files of John Lesinski, Jr. include legislative and committee files, speeches and news releases, campaign materials, and topical files relating to national and district issues; specific topics concern civil rights legislation, his activities with the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee, and his association with the Polish American community of Detroit.

Papers: In the Margaret Bayne Price Papers, 1918-1969, 25 linear feet.
Other authors include John Lesinski.

Papers: In the Charles Orlando Porter papers, 1954-1961, 78.5 linear feet.
Persons represented include John Lesinski.


University of Texas at Austin
Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn Papers, ca. 1831-2007, approximately 119 feet.
Persons represented include John Lesinski.

  • Adams, Harreld S. "The Dingell-Lesinski 1964 Primary Race." Western Political Quarterly 19 (December 1966): 688-96.