President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act into law today in 1792, establishing the United States Post Office Department. Now WE know em

Benjamin Franklin, first Postmaster General

Benjamin Franklin, first Postmaster General

Newspaper publisher William Goddard, frustrated that the royal postal service was unable to reliably deliver his Pennsylvania Chronicle to its readers or deliver critical news to Goddard, laid out a plan for the “Constitutional Post” before the Continental Congress on October 5, 1774.

Congress waited to act on the plan until after the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.

Benjamin Franklin promoted Goddard’s plan and served as the first postmaster general under the Continental Congress beginning on July 26, 1775, nearly one year before the Congress declared independence from the British Crown.

In 1789 after the U.S. Constitution came into effect, Samuel Osgood became postmaster general.

Then the American government moved to Philadelphia in 1791 and Timothy Pickering took over as postmaster general.

Postal Service Act

Congress then put together legislation to establish a United States Post Office Department.

The Postal Service Act passed and President George Washington signed the bill into law on February 20, 1792.

Timothy Pickering served as our nation’s first Postmaster General until 1795 before becoming Secretary of State.

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