List of Postmasters General


Dates prior to 1900 are the dates the Postmasters General were appointed or commissioned; dates after 1900 are the dates they took office.  Appointments by the U.S. President were made with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Postmaster General

Date Appointed by the Continental Congress

Benjamin Franklin

July 26, 1775

Richard Bache

November 7, 1776

Ebenezer Hazard

January 28, 1782

 

Postmaster General

Date Appointed

by President . . .

Samuel Osgood

September 26, 1789

George Washington

Timothy Pickering

August 12, 1791

George Washington

Joseph Habersham

February 25, 1795

George Washington

Gideon Granger

November 28, 1801

Thomas Jefferson

Return J. Meigs, Jr.

March 17, 1814

James Madison

John McLean

June 26, 1823

James Monroe

William T. Barry

March 9, 1829

Andrew Jackson

Amos Kendall

May 1, 1835

Andrew Jackson

John M. Niles

May 19, 1840

Martin Van Buren

Francis Granger

March 6, 1841

William Henry Harrison

Charles A. Wickliffe

September 13, 1841

John Tyler

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

Millard Filmore

James Campbell

March 7, 1853

Franklin Pierce

Aaron V. Brown

March 6, 1857

James Buchanan

Joseph Holt

March 14, 1859

James Buchanan

Horatio King

February 12, 1861

James Buchanan

Montgomery Blair

March 5, 1861

Abraham Lincoln

William Dennison

September 24, 1864

Abraham Lincoln

Alexander W. Randall

July 25, 1866

Andrew Johnson

John A. J. Creswell

March 5, 1869

Ulysses Grant

James W. Marshall

July 3, 1874

Ulysses Grant

Marshall Jewell

August 24, 1874

Ulysses Grant

James N. Tyner

July 12, 1876

Ulysses Grant

David M. Key

March 12, 1877

Rutherford B. Hayes

Horace Maynard

August 26, 1880

Rutherford B. Hayes

Thomas L. James

March 5, 1881

James A. Garfield

Timothy O. Howe

December 20, 1881

Chester A. Arthur

Walter Q. Gresham

April 3, 1883

Chester A. Arthur

Frank Hatton

October 14, 1884

Chester A. Arthur

William F. Vilas

March 6, 1885

Grover Cleveland

Don M. Dickinson

January 16, 1888

Grover Cleveland

John Wanamaker

March 5, 1889

Benjamin Harrison

Wilson S. Bissell

March 6, 1893

Grover Cleveland

William L. Wilson

March 1, 1895

Grover Cleveland

James A. Gary

March 5, 1897

William McKinley

Charles Emory Smith

April 21, 1898

William McKinley

Henry C. Payne

January 15, 1902

Theodore Roosevelt

Robert J. Wynne

October 10, 1904

Theodore Roosevelt

George B. Cortelyou

March 7, 1905

Theodore Roosevelt

George von L. Meyer

March 5, 1907

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Warren G. Harding

Harry S. New

March 5, 1923

Warren G. Harding

Walter F. Brown

March 6, 1929

Herbert Hoover

James A. Farley

March 6, 1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Frank C. Walker

September 11, 1940

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Robert E. Hannegan

June 30, 1945

Harry S. Truman

Jesse M. Donaldson

December 16, 1947

Harry S. Truman

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 F. Kennedy

Lawrence F. O'Brien

November 3, 1965

Lyndon B. Johnson

W. Marvin Watson

April 26, 1968

Lyndon B. Johnson

Winton M. Blount

January 22, 1969

Richard M. Nixon

 

Postmaster General Appointed by the Governors of the U.S. Postal Service

Date Took Office . . .

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

Patrick R. Donahoe

December 6, 2010

Megan J. Brennan

February 1, 2015

 

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