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United States Postmaster General

The Postmaster General is the executive head of the United States Postal Service. He was from 1872 to 1971 the head of an executive department concerned with the postal service (the Post Office Department). During that period, he was a member of the President's Cabinet.

Postmasters General

Name Year appointed President(s) served under
Benjamin Franklin July 26, 1775 (Continental Congress)
Richard Bache[?] November 7, 1776 (Continental Congress)
Ebenezer Hazard[?] January 28, 1782 (Continental Congress)
Samuel Osgood[?] September 26, 1789 Washington
Timothy Pickering[?] August 12, 1791 Washington
Joseph Habersham[?] February 25, 1795 Washington, Adams, Jefferson
Gideon Granger[?] November 28, 1801 Jefferson, Madison
Return J. Meigs[?] March 17, 1814 Madison, Monroe
John McLean[?] June 26, 1823 Monroe, J. Q. Adams
William T. Barry[?] March 9, 1829 Jackson
Amos Kendall[?] May 1, 1835 Jackson, Van Buren
John M. Niles[?] May 19, 1840 Van Buren
Francis Granger[?] March 6, 1841 W. H. Harrison, Tyler
Charles A. Wickliffe[?] September 13, 1841 Tyler
Cave Johnson[?] March 6, 1845 Polk
Jacob Collamer[?] March 8, 1849 Taylor
Nathan K. Hall[?] July 23, 1850 Fillmore
Samuel D. Hubbard[?] August 31, 1852 Fillmore
James Campbell[?] March 7, 1853 Pierce
Aaron V. Brown[?] March 6, 1857 Buchanan
Joseph Holt[?] March 14, 1859 Buchanan
Horatio King[?] February 12, 1861 Buchanan
Montgomery Blair[?] March 5, 1861 Lincoln
William Dennison[?] September 24, 1864 Lincoln, A. Johnson
Alexander W. Randall[?] July 25, 1866 A. Johnson
John A. J. Creswell[?] March 5, 1869 Grant
James W. Marshall[?] July 3, 1874 Grant
Marshall Jewell[?] August 24, 1874 Grant
James N. Tyner[?] July 12, 1876 Grant
David M. Key[?] March 12, 1877 Hayes
Thomas L. James[?] March 5, 1881 Garfield, Arthur
Timothy O. Howe[?] December 20, 1881 Arthur
Walter Q. Gresham[?] April 3, 1883 Arthur
Frank Hatton[?] October 14, 1884 Arthur
William F. Vilas[?] March 6, 1885 Cleveland
Don M. Dickinson[?] January 6, 1888 Cleveland
John Wanamaker March 5, 1889 B. Harrison
Wilson S. Bissell[?] March 6, 1893 Cleveland
William L. Wilson[?] March 1, 1895 Cleveland
James A. Gary[?] March 5, 1897 McKinley
Charles Emory Smith[?] April 21, 1898 McKinley, T. Roosevelt
Henry C. Payne[?] January 9, 1902 T. Roosevelt
Robert J. Wynne[?] October 10, 1904 T. Roosevelt
George B. Cortelyou[?] March 6, 1905 T. Roosevelt
George von L. Meyer[?] January 15, 1907 T. Roosevelt
Frank H. Hitchcock[?] March 5, 1909 Taft
Albert S. Burleson[?] March 5, 1913 Wilson
Will H. Hays[?] March 5, 1921 Harding
Hubert Work[?] March 4, 1922 Harding
Harry S. New[?] February 27, 1923 Harding, Coolidge
Walter F. Brown[?] March 5, 1929 Hoover
James A. Farley[?] March 4, 1933 F. Roosevelt
Frank C. Walker[?] September 10, 1940 F. Roosevelt, Truman
Robert E. Hannegan[?] May 8, 1945 Truman
Jesse M. Donaldson[?] December 16, 1947 Truman
Arthur E. Summerfield[?] January 21, 1953 Eisenhower
J. Edward Day[?] January 21, 1961 Kennedy
John A. Gronouski[?] September 30, 1963 Kennedy, L. Johnson
Lawrence F. O'Brien[?] November 3, 1965 L. Johnson
W. Marvin Watson[?] April 26, 1968 L. Johnson
Winton W. Blount[?] January 22, 1969 Nixon[1](July 1, 1971)
E. T. Klassen[?] January 1, 1972 [1]
Benjamin F. Bailar[?] February 16, 1975 [1]
William F. Bolger[?] March 15, 1978 [1]
Paul N. Carlin[?] January 1, 1985 [1]
Albert V. Casey[?] January 7, 1986 [1]
Preston R. Tisch[?] August 16, 1986 [1]
Anthony M. Frank[?] March 1, 1988 [1]
Marvin T. Runyon[?] July 6, 1992 [1]

[1] Since July 1, 1971, the Postmaster General has been appointed by and serves under the Governor of the United States Postal Service[?].



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