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U.S. Postmasters General

In 1775, the Continental Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin Postmaster General (PMG). Franklin had previously served in that post under the Crown. He was followed by his son-in-law, Richard Bache, and Ebenezer Hazard. The first Postmaster General of the new United States of America was Samuel Osgood. Postmasters General continued to be appointed by the President until 1971, when the U.S. Post Office Department was reorganized into the U.S. Postal Service. At that time, the office of Postmaster General was removed from the U.S. Cabinet and from that time on, Postmasters General have been named by the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service.


 

Postmaster General

Date Appointed

Appointed By

1

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin

July 26, 1775

Continental Congress

2

Richard Bache

November 7, 1776

Continental Congress

3

Ebenezer Hazard
Ebenezer Hazard

January 28, 1782

Continental Congress

4

Samuel Osgood
Samuel Osgood

September 26, 1789

George Washington

5

Timothy Pickering
Timothy Pickering

August 12, 1791

George Washington

6

Joseph Habersham
Joseph Habersham

February 25, 1795

George Washington

7

Gideon Granger
Gideon Granger

November 28, 1801

Thomas Jefferson

8

Return J. Meigs, Jr.
Return J. Meigs, Jr.

March 17, 1814

James Madison

9

John McLean
John McLean

June 26, 1823

James Monroe

10

William T. Barry
William T. Barry

March 9, 1829

Andrew Jackson

11

Amos Kendall
Amos Kendall

May 1, 1835

Andrew Jackson

12

John M. Niles
John M. Niles

May 19, 1840

Martin Van Buren

13

Francis Granger
Francis Granger

March 6, 1841

William Henry Harrison

14

Charles A. Wickliffe
Charles A. Wickliffe

September 13, 1841

John Tyler

15

Cave Johnson
Cave Johnson

March 6, 1845

James K. Polk

16

Jacob Collamer
Jacob Collamer

March 8, 1849

Zachary Taylor

17

Nathan K. Hall
Nathan K. Hall

July 23, 1850

Millard Filmore

18

Samuel D. Hubbard
Samuel D. Hubbard

August 31, 1852

Millard Filmore

19

James Campbell
James Campbell

March 7, 1853

Franklin Pierce

20

Aaron V. Brown
Aaron V. Brown

March 6, 1857

James Buchanan

21

Joseph Holt
Joseph Holt

March 14, 1859

James Buchanan

22

Horatio King
Horatio King

February 12, 1861

James Buchanan

23

Montgomery Blair
Montgomery Blair

March 5, 1861

Abraham Lincoln

24

William Dennison
William Dennison

September 24, 1864

Abraham Lincoln

25

Alexander W. Randall
Alexander W. Randall

July 25, 1866

Andrew Johnson

26

John A. J. Creswell
John A. J. Creswell

March 5, 1869

Ulysses S. Grant

27

James W. Marshall
James W. Marshall

July 3, 1874

Ulysses S. Grant

28

Marshall Jewell
Marshall Jewell

August 24, 1874

Ulysses S. Grant

29

James N. Tyner
James N. Tyner

July 12, 1876

Ulysses S. Grant

30

David M. Key
David M. Key

March 12, 1877

Rutherford B. Hayes

31

Horace Maynard
Horace Maynard

June 2, 1880

Rutherford B. Hayes

32

Thomas L. James
Thomas L. James

March 5, 1881

James A. Garfield

33

Timothy O. Howe
Timothy O. Howe

December 20, 1881

Chester A. Arthur

34

Walter Q. Gresham
Walter Q. Gresham

April 3, 1883

Chester A. Arthur

35

Frank Hatton
Frank Hatton

October 14, 1884

Chester A. Arthur

36

William F. Vilas
William F. Vilas

March 6, 1885

Grover Cleveland

37

Don M. Dickinson
Don M. Dickinson

January 6, 1888

Grover Cleveland

38

John Wanamaker
John Wanamaker

March 5, 1889

Benjamin Harrison

39

Wilson S. Bissell
Wilson S. Bissell

March 6, 1893

Grover Cleveland

40

William L. Wilson
William L. Wilson

March 1, 1895

Grover Cleveland

41

James A. Gary
James A. Gary

March 5, 1897

William McKinley

42

Charles Emory Smith
Charles Emory Smith

April 21, 1898

William McKinley

43

Henry C. Payne
Henry C. Payne

January 9, 1902

Theodore Roosevelt

44

Robert J. Wynne
Robert J. Wynne

October 10, 1904

Theodore Roosevelt

45

George B. Cortelyou
George B. Cortelyou

March 6, 1905

Theodore Roosevelt

46

George von L. Meyer
George von L. Meyer

January 15, 1907

Theodore Roosevelt

47

Frank H. Hitchcock
Frank H. Hitchcock

March 5, 1909

William H. Taft

48

Albert S. Burleson
Albert S. Burleson

March 5, 1913

Woodrow Wilson

49

Will H. Hays
Will H. Hays

March 5, 1921

Warren G. Harding

50

Hubert Work
Hubert Work

March 4, 1922

Warren G. Harding

51

Harry S. New
Harry S. New

February 27, 1923

Warren G. Harding

52

Walter F. Brown
Walter F. Brown

March 5, 1929

Herbert Hoover

53

James A. Farley
James A. Farley

March 4, 1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt

54

Frank C. Walker
Frank C. Walker

September 10, 1940

Franklin D. Roosevelt

55

Robert E. Hannegan
Robert E. Hannegan

May 8, 1945

Harry S. Truman

56

Jesse M. Donaldson
Jesse M. Donaldson

December 16, 1947

Harry S. Truman

57

Arthur E. Summerfield
Arthur E. Summerfield

January 21, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower

58

J. Edward Day
J. Edward Day

January 21, 1961

John F. Kennedy

59

John A. Gronouski
John A. Gronouski

September 30, 1963

John F. Kennedy

60

Lawrence F. O'Brien
Lawrence F. O'Brien

November 3, 1965

Lyndon B. Johnson

61

W. Marvin Watson
W. Marvin Watson

April 26, 1968

Lyndon B. Johnson

62

Winton M. Blount
Winton M. Blount

January 22, 1969

Richard M. Nixon (1969) 
Governors of the USPS (1971)

63

E. T. Klassen
E. T. Klassen

January 1, 1972

Governors of the USPS

64

Benjamin F. Bailar
Benjamin F. Bailar

February 16, 1975

Governors of the USPS

65

William F. Bolger
William F. Bolger

March 15, 1978

Governors of the USPS

66

Paul N. Carlin
Paul N. Carlin

January 1, 1985

Governors of the USPS

67

Albert V. Casey
Albert V. Casey

January 7, 1986

Governors of the USPS

68

Preston R. Tisch
Preston R. Tisch

August 16, 1986

Governors of the USPS

69

Anthony M. Frank
Anthony M. Frank

March 1, 1988

Governors of the USPS

70

Marvin T. Runyon
Marvin T. Runyon

July 6, 1992

Governors of the USPS

71

William J. Henderson
William J. Henderson

May 16, 1998

Governors of the USPS

72

John E. Potter
John E. Potter

June 1, 2001

Governors of the USPS

73

Patrick R. Donahoe
Patrick R. Donahoe

October 25, 2010

Governors of the USPS

74

Megan J. Brennan
Megan J. Brennan

February 1, 2015

Governors of the USPS