Saturday, August 29, 2020

Yesterday I learned ...

 ... that Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General of the United States. 

He and George Washington were chosen to be on the first U.S. postage stamps issued July 1, 1847.

Benjamin Franklin served on many committees in the Second Continental Congress including one to establish an independent postal system.  On July 27, 1775, the Congress appointed him to be the first Postmaster General of the organization now known as the United States Postal Service. He received an annual salary of $1,000 plus $340 for a secretary and comptroller. 

Benjamin Franklin was proud of the Postal Service and served it well for more than two decades, during which he orchestrated a regular schedule that allowed mail to move efficiently along post roads up and down the Eastern Seaboard. 

The current Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, was hand-picked by Trump and sworn into office on June 15, 2020. He is doing Trump's  dirty work in the hope that the public will lose faith in the USPS.  His yearly salary is $291,650.00.   

Benjamin Franklin must be whirling in his grave ! 



Blogger Marie Smith said...

A many more than Franklin too.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Hopefully since the spotlight has been turned on him, he won't be able to sabotage the election by delaying mail in votes.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I think most of are whirling in despair and confusion these days.

6:06 PM  

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