Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The first postmaster

USPS description:

Remembered for the pursuits he called "philosophical amusements", Benjamin Franklin was intensely curious about natural phenomena. His observations and experiments in areas such as electricity and meteorology resulted in interesting inventions, including a heating stove, the lightning rod, and an early electrical battery.


From his childhood apprenticeship in Boston to his career in Philadelphia as an adult, Benjamin Franklin enjoyed a lifelong association with printing. In addition to the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard's Almanack, his presses also printed a wide range of materials such as government pamphlets, religious tracts, currency, and books.


Deeply involved in politics and civic life, Benjamin Franklin served in the Continental Congress and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Often considered America's first diplomat, Franklin negotiated an alliance with France and helped to secure a peace treaty with Great Britain.


Benjamin Franklin was vital to the organization of the American postal system, serving as postmaster of Philadelphia and a deputy postmaster for the American colonies before being appointed postmaster general by the Continental Congress in 1775. He marked postage-free letters with his unique personal signature: "B. Free Franklin."

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