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Benjamin Franklin
The Only Postal Appointment Signed by Benjamin Franklin as Postmaster General of the Colonies We Have Ever Seen Franklin, under the authority of King George III, appoints a Postmaster for Trenton, N.J. Franklin, under the authority of King George III, appoints a Postmaster for Trenton, N.J.
10/01/1764. A great rarity, as a search of public sale records over the past forty years shows that not even one other reached the marketplaceIn 1728, at age 22, young Franklin set up shop in Philadelphia as a printer. The next year he became sole owner and publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette. He was quickly successful in his adopted city and was appointed clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1736. Then, in 1737, he received his first important post - he was appointed postmaster of Philadelphia by the British Crown Post, at a time when Philadelphia was the largest city in the colonies. Newspaper publishers often served as postmasters, which helped them to gather and distribute news. Postmasters decided which newspapers could travel free in the mail - or in the mail at all. This position would give his career a boost and he would soon be known throughout America and England for his innovations and talents. Franklin first managed to stop the money loss on unclaimed mail in Philadelphia by printing in his paper the names of persons who had mail awaiting them. Postmaster General Elliott Benger added to Franklin's duties by making him comptroller, with financial oversight for nearby Post Offices. Franklin developed a simple, accurate way of keeping post-office accounts, improving efficiency and profitability.Franklin was so successful in this post that he was named Joint Postmaster General of the Colonies on August 10, 1753. Under Franklin, postal routes were surveyed, milestones were placed on the main roads, and better, more direct routes were set up between the colonies. … [Click Below for Full Description]
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