Postmasters General

A list of Postmasters General and the names of those who appointed them follows. All appointments by the President were made with the advice and consent of the Senate. Dates prior to 1900 are the dates the Postmasters General were appointed or commissioned. Dates after 1900 are the dates the Postmasters General took office. Italics indicate a carryover from the previous administration.

 

 

Postmaster General

Date

Appointed by

Benjamin Franklin

July 26, 1775

Continental Congress

Richard Bache

November 7, 1776

 

Ebenezer Hazard

January 28, 1782

 

Samuel Osgood

September 26, 1789

George Washington

Timothy Pickering

August 12, 1791

 

Joseph Habersham

February 25, 1795

 

Joseph Habersham

...

John Adams

Joseph Habersham

...

Thomas Jefferson

Gideon Granger

November 28, 1801

 

Gideon Granger

...

James Madison

Return J. Meigs, Jr.

March 17, 1814

 

Return J. Meigs, Jr.

...

James Monroe

John McLean

June 26, 1823

 

John McLean

...

John Quincy Adams

William T. Barry

March 9, 1829

Andrew Jackson

Amos Kendall

May 1, 1835

 

Amos Kendall

...

Martin Van Buren

John M. Niles

May 19, 1840

 

Francis Granger

March 6, 1841

William Henry Harrison

Francis Granger

...

John Tyler

Charles A. Wickliffe

September 13, 1841

 

Cave Johnson

March 6, 1845

James K. Polk

Jacob Collamer

March 8, 1849

Zachary Taylor

Nathan Kelsey Hall

July 23, 1850

Millard Filmore

Samuel D. Hubbard

August 31, 1852

 

James Campbell

March 7, 1853

Franklin Pierce

Aaron V. Brown

March 6, 1857

James Buchanan

Joseph Holt

March 14, 1859

 

Horatio King

February 12, 1861

 

Montgomery Blair

March 5, 1861

Abraham Lincoln

William Dennison

September 24, 1864

 

William Dennison

...

Andrew Johnson

Alexander W. Randall

July 25, 1866

 

John A. J. Creswell

March 5, 1869

Ulysses Grant

James W. Marshall

July 3, 1874

 

Marshall Jewell

August 24, 1874

 

James N. Tyner

July 12, 1876

 

David M. Key

March 12, 1877

Rutherford B. Hayes

Horace Maynard

August 26, 1880

 

Thomas L. James

March 5, 1881

James A. Garfield

Thomas L. James

...

Chester A. Arthur

Timothy O. Howe

December 20, 1881

 

Walter Q. Gresham

April 3, 1883

 

Frank Hatton

October 14, 1884

 

William F. Vilas

March 6, 1885

Grover Cleveland

Don M. Dickinson

January 16, 1888

 

John Wanamaker

March 5, 1889

Benjamin Harrison

Wilson S. Bissell

March 6, 1893

Grover Cleveland

William L. Wilson

March 1, 1895

 

James A. Gary

March 5, 1897

William McKinley

Charles Emory Smith

April 21, 1898

 

Charles Emory Smith

...

Theodore Roosevelt

Henry C. Payne

January 15, 1902

 

Robert J. Wynne

October 10, 1904

 

George B. Cortelyou

March 7, 1905

 

George von L. Meyer

March 5, 1907

 

Frank H. Hitchcock

March 6, 1909

William H. Taft

Albert S. Burleson

March 5, 1913

Woodrow Wilson

Will H. Hays

March 4, 1921

Warren G. Harding

Hubert Work

March 4, 1922

 

Harry S. New

March 5, 1923

 

Harry S. New

...

Calvin Coolidge

Walter F. Brown

March 6, 1929

Herbert Hoover

James A. Farley

March 6, 1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Frank C. Walker

September 11, 1940

 

Frank C. Walker

...

Harry S. Truman

Robert E. Hannegan

June 30, 1945

 

Jesse M. Donaldson

December 16, 1947

 

Arthur E. Summerfield

January 21, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower

J. Edward Day

January 21, 1961

John F. Kennedy

John A. Gronouski

September 30, 1963

 

John A. Gronouski

...

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lawrence F. O'Brien

November 3, 1965

 

W. Marvin Watson

April 26, 1968

 

Winton M. Blount

January 22, 1969

Richard M. Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 100Appointed by the Governors of the United States Postal Service

Winton M. Blount

July 1, 1971

E. T. Klassen

January 1, 1972

Benjamin F. Bailar

February 16, 1975

William F. Bolger

March 15, 1978

Paul N. Carlin

January 1, 1985

Albert V. Casey

January 7, 1986

Preston R. Tisch

August 16, 1986

Anthony M. Frank

March 1, 1988

Marvin T. Runyon

July 6, 1992

William J. Henderson

May 16, 1998

John E. Potter

June 1, 2001