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Benjamin Franklin - The Founding Father of the Post Office

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Nichole Thiel’s extensive professional background in education includes attendance at multiple Idaho Leadership Institute events and the receipt of multiple Vanhemert Academy Awards. After leaving the academe to care for her mother full-time, Nichole Thiel accepted a new position with the United States Post Office.

The U. S. Post Office system was founded before the national independence. Benjamin Franklin became the first postmaster general, establishing many of the practices and procedures still in place today.

Chosen to serve as Philadelphia’s postmaster when he was only 31 years old, Franklin went on to serve as a postmaster for the colonies, instituting such improvements as standardizing postage costs as a function of weight and distance, designing a special odometer for letter-carriers, shortening delivery times on the Philadelphia-New York route, and building more efficient routes overall. As colonial Postmaster General of America, he visited each of the colonies himself - a circuit of some 1,600 miles - to conduct a survey of their post offices and post roads.

Dismissed from his position as colonial postmaster in 1774 due to British concerns about his activity as a revolutionary, Franklin maintained the confidence of the Continental Congress, which elevated him to the national postmaster general position in 1775. He went on to make numerous new and wide-ranging improvements in routes and brought greater efficiency to delivery to and from Great Britain.

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Benjamin Franklin - The Founding Father of the Post Office

  1. 1. Benjamin Franklin - The Founding Father of the Post Office Nichole Thiel
  2. 2. Introduction Nichole Thiel’s extensive professional background in education includes attendance at multiple Idaho Leadership Institute events and the receipt of multiple Vanhemert Academy Awards. After leaving the academe to care for her mother full- time, Nichole Thiel accepted a new position with the United States Post Office. The U. S. Post Office system was founded before the national independence. Benjamin Franklin became the first postmaster general, establishing many of the practices and procedures still in place today.
  3. 3. Chosen to serve as Philadelphia’s postmaster when he was only 31 years old, Franklin went on to serve as a postmaster for the colonies, instituting such improvements as standardizing postage costs as a function of weight and distance, designing a special odometer for letter-carriers, shortening delivery times on the Philadelphia-New York route, and building more efficient routes overall. As colonial Postmaster General of America, he visited each of the colonies himself - a circuit of some 1,600 miles - to conduct a survey of their post offices and post roads.
  4. 4. Dismissed from his position as colonial postmaster in 1774 due to British concerns about his activity as a revolutionary, Franklin maintained the confidence of the Continental Congress, which elevated him to the national postmaster general position in 1775. He went on to make numerous new and wide-ranging improvements in routes and brought greater efficiency to delivery to and from Great Britain.

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