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July 26, 1775: U.S. Postal System is Established

On this day in 1775, the United States postal system was created by the Second Continental Congress. Benjamin Franklin was appointed as the first Postmaster General. 

Upon his departure in 1776, he left a vastly improved mail system, with routes from Florida to Maine and regular service between the U.S and Britain.  

Visit the Benjamin Franklin site to learn more about the Man of Letters.

Photo: (1) Interior of a post office showing post office boxes and an postmaster greeting two children and a woman c. 1901 (Library of Congress) (2) Benjamin Franklin, 1783 (Library of Congress).

In somewhat ironic timing, yesterday, NPR ran a story about a House bill that aims to stop door-to-door postal service, while keeping the cheaper mailbox service. ]