The Bedford, Indiana Times-Mail reports that the last politically appointed postmaster remaining in the country will retire at the end of the month.
BEDFORD — Tom Priddy, deemed by the United States Postal Service as the last politically appointed postmaster in the country, is retiring at the end of this month.
Priddy began working for the postal service on June 29, 1957, bringing his years of service to 57. More than 20 of those years were spent as the postmaster in Bedford.
Dwight Eisenhower was president when Priddy began working for the postal service.
Prior to 1969, all postmasters, with the exception of those in the smallest “fourth class” offices, were appointed by the President, and were subject to Senate confirmation. Rural carriers were appointed by the PMG on the recommendation of the local Congressman.
Political appointments ended in 1969 on the orders of then President Richard Nixon.
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