Happy 220th Birthday, US Post Office!

Today might not be George Washington’s actual birthday (and it is definitely not “Presidents Day”), but it is the birthday of the US Post Office Department. It was on this day in 1792 that George Washington signed into law the Postal Service Act, which established the department. From Wikipedia:

The Post Office Department (1792–1971) was the name of the United States Postal Service when it was a Cabinet department. It was headed by the Postmaster General.

The Postal Service Act signed by President George Washington on February 20, 1792, established the Department. Postmaster General John McLean was the first to call it the Post Office Department rather than just the “Post Office.” The organization received a boost in prestige when President Andrew Jackson invited his Postmaster General, William T. Barry, to sit as a member of the Cabinet in 1829. The Post Office Act of 1872 (17 Stat. 283) elevated the Post Office Department to Cabinet status.

During the Civil War (1861–65), postal services in the Confederacy were provided by the CSA Post Office Department, headed by Postmaster General John Henninger Reagan.

The Postal Reorganization Act was signed by President Richard Nixon on August 12, 1970. It replaced the cabinet-level Post Office Department with the independent Postal Service on July 1, 1971.

  • LVM Alone

    Very much coincidental: 220th year, Feb. 20, and I am 22 year postal carrier @ SD.

  • LVM Alone

    Happy birthday USPS, my second home.

  • bob komar

    Fire donahoe and his Mororns or we may not see number 221! or maybe that is what the re-mopelicans want.. iisa may have an in-law that needs some FAST CASH!

  • Disgrunted Clerk

    Well, it was a nice run….225, not bad. I guess I’ll start wearing a black armband.

  • Disgrunted Clerk

    Oops, I meant 220. I guess I was wishful thinking!