City Mail Delivery and Two Years of ASAD

The United States Post Office Department’s Free City Delivery Service began in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 1, 1863. Joseph William Briggs, a postal clerk, had observed long lines of customers trying to keep warm as they inched toward his window in the winder of 1862. Many were women hoping for news of loved ones fighting in the Civil War. He convinced postal officials to deliver letters … Continue reading City Mail Delivery and Two Years of ASAD

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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U.S. Postal Service Act of 1792

On February 20, 1792, United States President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act into law. This was a piece of federal legislation that established the United States Post Office Department (1792-1971), the predecessor of the United States Postal Service. It was headed by the Postmaster General. Postmaster General John McLean, in office from 1823 to 1829, was the first to call it the Post Office … Continue reading U.S. Postal Service Act of 1792