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2003 Celebration! - Development of the United States Postal System

In 1753 Benjamin Franklin was appointed Deputy Postmaster General of North American along with William Hunter, postmaster of Williamsburg, Virginia. Franklin immediately initiated changes, which would significantly improve communication between the colonies. IN 1775 the Continental Congress selected Benjamin Franklin as the first American Postmaster General. This appointment established the organization known today as the United States Postal Service. This year’s Celebration recognized this significant anniversary and honored John E Potter the 72nd Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service.

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