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The Postmaster General is the executive head of the United States Postal Service.The Office of the Postmaster General was created in 1789. It was not until the administration of Andrew Jackson that the Postmaster General was invited to sit on the president's cabinet. government in charge of postal service.After July 1971, the Postmaster General has been appointed by, and serves under, the Governor of the United States Postal Service, a quasi-governmental agency that replaced the U.S. Post Office the same year.

Dates of Service

Postmaster GeneralAdministration
Articles of Confederation

1775 - 1776

Benjamin FranklinContinental Congress

1776 - 1782

Richard BacheContinental Congress

1782 - 1789

Ebenezer HazardContinental Congress
U.S. Constitution (narrative) (Office of the Postmaster General)

September 26, 1789

Samuel OsgoodGeorge Washington

August 12, 1791

Timothy PickeringGeorge Washington

February 25, 1795

Joseph HabershamGeorge Washington

November 28, 1801

Gideon GrangerThomas Jefferson

March 17, 1814

Return J. Meigs, Jr.James Madison

June 26, 1823

John McLeanJames Monroe
Constitution (text) (Cabinet Position)

March 9, 1829

William T. BarryAndrew Jackson

May 1, 1835

Amos KendallAndrew Jackson

May 19, 1840

John M. NilesMartin Van Buren

March 6, 1841

Francis GrangerWilliam Henry Harrison

September 13, 1841

Charles A. WickliffeJohn Tyler

March 6, 1845

Cave JohnsonJames K. Polk

March 8, 1849

Jacob CollamerZachary Taylor

July 23, 1850

Nathan K. HallMillard Filmore

August 31, 1852

Samuel D. HubbardMillard Filmore

March 7, 1853

James CampbellFranklin Pierce

March 6, 1857

Aaron V. BrownJames Buchanan

March 14, 1859

Joseph HoltJames Buchanan

February 12, 1861

Horatio KingJames Buchanan

March 5, 1861

Montgomery BlairAbraham Lincoln

September 24, 1864

William DennisonAbraham Lincoln

July 25, 1866

Alexander W. RandallAndrew Johnson

March 5, 1869

John A. J. CreswellUlysses S. Grant

July 3, 1874

James W. MarshallUlysses S. Grant

August 24, 1874

Marshall JewellUlysses S. Grant

July 12, 1876

James N. TynerUlysses S. Grant

March 12, 1877

David M. KeyRutherford B. Hayes

June 2, 1880

Horace MaynardRutherford B. Hayes

March 5, 1881

Thomas L. JamesJames A. Garfield

December 20, 1881

Timothy O. HoweChester A. Arthur

April 3, 1883

Walter Q. GreshamChester A. Arthur

October 14, 1884

Frank HattonChester A. Arthur

March 6, 1885

William F. VilasGrover Cleveland

January 6, 1888

Don M. DickinsonGrover Cleveland

March 5, 1889

John WanamakerBenjamin Harrison

March 6, 1893

Wilson S. BissellGrover Cleveland

March 1, 1895

William L. WilsonGrover Cleveland

March 5, 1897

James A. GaryWilliam McKinley

April 21, 1898

Charles Emory SmithWilliam McKinley

January 9, 1902

Henry C. PayneTheodore Roosevelt

October 10, 1904

Robert J. WynneTheodore Roosevelt

March 6, 1905

George B. CortelyouTheodore Roosevelt

January 15, 1907

George von L. MeyerTheodore Roosevelt

March 5, 1909

Frank H. HitchcockWilliam H. Taft

March 5, 1913

Albert S. BurlesonWoodrow Wilson

March 5, 1921

Will H. HaysWarren G. Harding

March 4, 1922

Hubert WorkWarren G. Harding

February 27, 1923

Harry S. NewWarren G. Harding

March 5, 1929

Walter F. BrownHerbert Hoover

March 4, 1933

James A. FarleyFranklin D. Roosevelt

September 10, 1940

Frank C. WalkerFranklin D. Roosevelt

May 8, 1945

Robert E. HanneganHarry S. Truman

December 16, 1947

Jesse M. DonaldsonHarry S. Truman

January 21, 1953

Arthur E. SummerfieldDwight D. Eisenhower

January 21, 1961

J. Edward DayJohn F. Kennedy

September 30, 1963

John A. GronouskiJohn F. Kennedy

November 3, 1965

Lawrence F. O'BrienLyndon B. Johnson

April 26, 1968

W. Marvin WatsonLyndon B. Johnson

January 22, 1969

Winton M. BlountRichard M. Nixon

United States Postal Service privatized
(Non-Cabinet Postion)

1972 - 1975

E. T. KlassenUnited States Postal Service

1975 - 1978

Benjamin F. BailarUnited States Postal Service

1978 - 1985

William F. BolgerUnited States Postal Service

1985 - 1986

Paul N. CarlinUnited States Postal Service

1986

Albert V. CaseyUnited States Postal Service

1986 - 1988

Preston R. TischUnited States Postal Service

1988 - 1992

Anthony M. FrankUnited States Postal Service

1992 - 1998

Marvin T. RunyonUnited States Postal Service

1998 - 2001

William J. HendersonUnited States Postal Service

2001 -

John E. PotterUnited States Postal Service


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