U.S. Postmasters General

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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.

painting of Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin sitting for a portrait
Benjamin Franklin

1) Appointed July 26, 1775 by Continental Congress

painting of Postmaster General Richard Bache sitting for a portrait
Richard Bache

2) Appointed November 7, 1776 by Continental Congress

Illustration of Postmaster General Ebenezer Hazard
Ebenezer Hazard

3) Appointed January 28, 1782 by Continental Congress

Illustration of Postmaster General Samuel Osgood
Samuel Osgood

4) Appointed September 26, 1789 by George Washington

painting of Postmaster General Timothy Pickering
Timothy Pickering

5) Appointed August 12, 1791 by George Washington

Illustration of Postmaster Joseph Habersham
Joseph Habersham

6) Appointed February 25, 1795 by George Washington

photo of Postmaster General Gideon Granger
Gideon Granger

7) Appointed November 28, 1801 by Thomas Jefferson

Illustration of Postmaster General Return J. Meigs, Jr.
Return J. Meigs, Jr.

8) Appointed March 17, 1814 by James Madison

Illustration of Postmaster General John McLean
John McLean

9) Appointed June 26, 1823 by James Monroe

painting of Postmaster General William T. Barry sitting for a portrait
William T. Barry

10) Appointed March 9, 1829 by Andrew Jackson

illustration of Amos Kendall
Amos Kendall

11) Appointed May 1, 1835 by Andrew Jackson

Illustration of Postmaster General John M. Niles
John M. Niles

12) Appointed May 19, 1840 by Martin Van Buren

photo of Postmaster General Francis Granger
Francis Granger

13) Appointed March 6, 1841 by William Henry Harrison

painting of Postmaster General Charles A. Wickliffe
Charles A. Wickliffe

14) Appointed September 13, 1841 by John Tyler

Illustration of Postmaster General Cave Johnson
Cave Johnson

15) Appointed March 6, 1845 by James K. Polk

photo of Postmaster General Jacob Collamer
Jacob Collamer

16) Appointed March 8, 1849 by Zachary Taylor

Postmaster General Nathan Kelsey Hall, three-quarters to the left
Nathan K. Hall

17) Appointed July 23, 1850 by Millard Fillmore

Illustration of Postmaster General Samuel D. Hubbard
Samuel D. Hubbard

18) Appointed August 31, 1852 by Millard Filmore

painting of Postmaster General James Campbell
James Campbell

19) Appointed March 7, 1853 by Franklin Pierce

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Aaron V. Brown

20) Appointed March 6, 1857 by James Buchanan

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Joseph Holt

21) Appointed March 14, 1859 by James Buchanan

photo of Postmaster General Horatio King
Horatio King

22) Appointed February 12, 1861 by James Buchanan

Illustration of Postmaster General Montgomery Blair.
Montgomery Blair

23) Appointed March 5, 1861 by Abraham Lincoln

photo of Postmaster General William Dennison
William Dennison

24) Appointed September 24, 1864 by Abraham Lincoln

Illustration of Postmaster General Alexander W. Randall
Alexander W. Randall

25) Appointment July 25, 1866 by Andrew Johnson

illustration of Postmaster General John A. J. Creswell
John A. J. Creswell

26) Appointed March 5, 1869 by Ulysses S. Grant

photo of Postmaster General James W. Marshall
James W. Marshall

27) Appointed July 3, 1874 by Ulysses S. Grant

photo of Postmaster General Marshall Jewell
Marshall Jewell

28) Appointed August 24, 1874 by Ulysses S. Grant

photo of Postmaster General James N. Tyner
James N. Tyner

29) Appointed July 12, 1876 by Ulysses S. Grant

photo of Postmaster General David M. Key
David M. Key

30) Appointed March 12, 1877 by Rutherford B. Hayes

photo of Postmaster General Horace Maynard
Horace Maynard

31) Appointed June 2, 1880 by Rutherford B. Hayes

Illustration of Postmaster General Thomas L. James
Thomas L. James

32) Appointed March 5, 1881 by James A. Garfield

photo of Postmaster General Timothy O. Howe
Timothy O. Howe

33) Appointed December 20, 1881 by Chester A. Arthur

Postmaster General Walter Q. Gresham posing for a photo
Walter Q. Gresham

34) Appointed April 3, 1883 by Chester A. Arthur

Illustration of Postmaster General Frank Hatton
Frank Hatton

35) Appointed October 14, 1884 by Chester A. Arthur

Postmaster General William F. Vilas
William F. Vilas

36) Appointed March 6, 1885 by Grover Cleveland

photo of Postmaster General Don M. Dickinson
Don M. Dickinson

37) Appointed January 6, 1888 by Grover Cleveland

painting of Postmaster General John Wanamaker
John Wanamaker

38) Appointed March 5, 1889 by Benjamin Harrison

Illustration of Postmaster General Wilson S. Bissell
Wilson S. Bissell

39) Appointed March 6, 1893 by Grover Cleveland

Illustration of Postmaster General William L. Wilson
William L. Wilson

40) Appointed March 1, 1895 by Grover Cleveland

Illustration of Postmaster General James A. Gary
James A. Gary

41) Appointed March 5, 1897 by William McKinley

photo of Postmaster General Charles Emory Smith
Charles E. Smith

42) Appointed April 21, 1898 by William McKinley

Illustration of Postmaster General Henry C. Payne
Henry C. Payne

43) Appointed January 9, 1902 by Theodore Roosevelt

Postmaster General Robert J. Wynne posing for a photo
Robert J. Wynne

44) Appointed October 10, 1904 by Theodore Roosevelt

photo of Postmaster General George B. Cortelyou
George B. Cortelyou

45) Appointed March 6, 1905 by Theodore Roosevelt

photo of Postmaster General George Von L. Meyer
George von L. Meyer

46) Appointed January 15, 1907 by Theodore Roosevelt

photo of Postmaster General Frank H. Hitchcock
Frank H. Hitchcock

47) Appointed March 5, 1909 by William H. Taft

photo of Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson
Albert S. Burleson

48) Appointed March 5, 1913 by Woodrow Wilson

photo of Postmaster General Will H. Hays
Will H. Hays

49) Appointed March 5, 1921 by Warren G. Harding

photo of Postmaster General Hubert Work
Hubert Work

50) Appointed March 4, 1922 by Warren G. Harding

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Harry S. New

51) Appointed February 27, 1923 by Warren G. Harding

photo of Postmster General Walter Brown
Walter F. Brown

52) Appointed March 5, 1929 by Herbert Hoover

photo of James A. Farley
James A. Farley

53) Appointed March 4, 1933 by Franklin D. Roosevelt

photo of Postmaster General Frank C. Walker
Frank C. Walker

54) Appointed September 10, 1940 by Franklin D. Roosevelt

photo of Postmaster General Robert E. Hannegan
Robert E. Hannegan

55) Appointed May 8, 1945 by Harry S. Truman

photo of Postmaster General Jesse M. Donaldson
Jesse M. Donaldson

56) Appointed December 16, 1947 by Harry S. Truman

photo of Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield
Arthur E. Summerfield

57) Appointed January 21, 1953 by Dwight D. Eisenhower

photo of Postmaster General J. Edward Day
J. Edward Day

58) Appointed January 21, 1961 by John F. Kennedy

photo of John A. Gronouski
John A. Gronouski

59) Appointed September 30, 1963 by John F. Kennedy

photo of Postmaster General Lawrence F. O'Brien
Lawrence F. O'Brien

60) Appointed November 3, 1965 by Lyndon B. Johnson

Postmaster General W. Marvin Watson posing for a photo
W. Marvin Watson

61) Appointed April 26, 1968 by Lyndon B. Johnson

photo of Postmaster Winton M. Blount
Winton M. Blount

62) Appointed by Richard M. Nixon (1969), and by Governors of the USPS (1971)

photo of Postmaster General E.T. Klassen
E. T. Klassen

63) Appointed January 1, 1972 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General Benjamin F. Bailar
Benjamin F. Bailar

64) Appointed February 16, 1975 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General William F. Bolger
William F. Bolger

65) Appointed March 15, 1978 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General Paul N. Carlin
Paul N. Carlin

66) Appointed January 1, 1985 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General Albert V. Casey
Albert V. Casey

67) Appointed January 7, 1986 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General Preston R. Tisch
Preston R. Tisch

68) Appointed August 16, 1986 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General Anthony M. Frank
Anthony M. Frank

69) Appointed March 1, 1988 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General Marvin T. Runyon
Marvin T. Runyon

70) Appointed July 6, 1992 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General William J. Henderson
William J. Henderson

71) Appointed May 16, 1998 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General John E. Potter
John E. Potter

72) Appointed June 1, 2001 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe
Patrick R. Donahoe

73) Appointed October 25, 2010 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan
Megan J. Brennan

74) Appointed February 1, 2015 by Governors of the USPS

photo of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
Louis DeJoy

75) Appointed June 15, 2020 by Governors of the USPS