Today In History- September 22

Today In History- September 22


The position of United States Postmaster General established.

Postmaster General office established in new congressional decisions.

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Originally the head of the Post Office Department, on September 22, 1789, the 1st postmaster general, Samuel Osgood of New York, was appointed.  Although Benjamin Franklin had served in this position before, the office was not formally established nationally until after the passage of the U.S. Constitution.  Although Osgood only served for a period of two years under President Washington, he was the executive head of the Post Office Department, as were his successors.  In 1829, the Postmaster General became a cabinet position, serving as last in line in presidential succession.

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