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# List of people on stamps of the United States

This article lists people who have been featured on stamps of the United States. For this purpose "featured" is not limited to portraits of the person, but includes any identifiable representation of their works. Thus the "Whistler's Mother" stamp of 1934 is considered to feature its painter (see also Artists of stamps of the United States). The date after the name refers to the year when that person first appeared on a stamp of the United States.

The United States Post Office issued its first stamp in 1847, but several cities had previously issued their own provisional stamps.

 A "coil" stamp showing John Quincy Adams (1767-1848). He was the sixth president of the United States from 1825 - 1829. His father, John Adams, was second president of the United States. Larger version
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 USA stamp commemoratingPhilip Mazzei. Larger version

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• "We cannot put the face of a person on a stamp unless said person is deceased. My suggestion, therefore, is that you drop dead." -- J. Edward Day, Postmaster General, 1962. Day was replying to a request from an individual to be honored with a stamp. The letter was never mailed.

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