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Congress establishes U.S. Post Office

Congress establishes U.S. Post Office

On today in 1775, Congress establishes the United States Post Office and names Benjamin Franklin the initial United States postmaster common.

William Goddard, a Patriot printer frustrated that the royal postal service was struggling to reliably deliver his Pennsylvania Chronicle to its readers or provide critical news for the paper to Goddard, organized an idea for a Constitutional Post before the Continental Congress on October 5, 1774. Congress waited to do something on this program till immediately after the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. Benjamin Franklin promoted Goddard’s program and served because the 1st postmaster common below the Continental Congress beginning on July 26, 1775, almost 1 year prior to the Congress declared independence from the British crown. Franklin’s son-in-law, Richard Bache, took a lot more than the positioning on November 7, 1776, when Franklin became an American emissary to France. Franklin had currently produced a considerable contribution to the postal service in the colonies although serving because the postmaster of Philadelphia from 1737 so when joint postmaster basic of the colonies from 1753 to 1774, when he was fired for opening and publishing Massachusetts Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s correspondence.

While postmaster, Franklin streamlined postal delivery with appropriately surveyed and marked routes from Maine to Florida (the origins of Route 1), instituted overnight postal travel among the fundamental cities of New York and Philadelphia and produced a standardized price chart based on weight and distance. Samuel Osgood held the postmaster general’s position in New York City from 1789, once the U.S. Constitution arrived to effect, till the federal government moved to Philadelphia in 1791. Timothy Pickering took a lot more than and, a year later about, the Postal Service Act gave his post greater legislative legitimacy and the service a lot more efficient organization. Pickering continued in the positioning until 1795, when he served as secretary of war briefly, of becoming the 3rd U ahead.S. secretary of state. The postmaster general’s position was deemed a plum patronage post for political allies of the president before Postal Service was transformed right into a corporation run by way of a board of governors in 1971.

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