Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin.

Today is the 313th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin on Milk Street in Boston, Massachusetts. As arguably the greatest American who has ever lived, Franklin has been mentioned on this blog numerous times and received extensive biographies in 2017 and 2018 in conjunction with his roles in founding both the United States and Canadian post office systems.  It is difficult to choose another … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin, Hugh Finlay and the Birth of the Canadian Post Office

Renowned polymath and “First American” Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, on Mill Street in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. He campaigned for colonial unity, initially as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies and was … Continue reading Benjamin Franklin, Hugh Finlay and the Birth of the Canadian Post Office

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Benjamin Franklin & the Establishment of the United States Post Office

On July 26, 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the United States Post Office and named Benjamin Franklin as the first United States Postmaster General. Franklin had been a postmaster for decades and was a natural choice for the position. He had just returned from England and was appointed chairman of a Committee of Investigation to establish a postal system. The report of the Committee, … Continue reading Benjamin Franklin & the Establishment of the United States Post Office