Who will fight for the US Postal Service?

January 12, 2018

On July 26, 1775, President George Washington created the United States Postal Service and appointed Benjamin Franklin the nation’s first postmaster. Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and other enlightened American leaders who had traveled to Europe had been greatly impressed by England’s nearly one-day national delivery service provided by the non-stop mail train which constantly circled the British Isle; the clerks snagged heavy canvas bags of correspondence at all stations — large and small — by the way of a big hook, sorted it aboard, and then delivered the mail by tossing off the same bags on the train’s next trip past, usually in less than 24 hours.

Both the federal government and business leaders understood from the very start that if this gigantic new country was to grow and succeed, it would be commerce — not politics or religion — which would be the unifying and driving force behind American expansion, and thus, as stated in the U.S. Code, “The Postal Service shall have as its function the obligation to provide postal service to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It should provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities.”


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5 Comments on "Who will fight for the US Postal Service?"

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Not sure how George Washington did all that since the Nation wasn’t founded until 1776 and he wasn’t president until 1789 …

Christy Randle

Read the whole article… uneducated hack… if they think $1.15 is too much to send a postcard to Mexico, I’d like to see them drive it there for that price…

Scott Walker

Gorge Washington became president in 1789.

Leland Grant

The United States Post Office (USPO) was created on July 26, 1775, by decree of the Second Continental Congress.[1] Benjamin Franklin headed it briefly.- george washington was president of the 2nd continental congress, – the official united states post office dept. was started in 1792 – the purpose was to create post offices and postal roads decent enough to transport the mails on

Scott Walker

My old mail route included an original road created specifically for the delivery of mail back in those days.
( Post Road )

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