The Everything Guide to Government Jobs: A Complete Handbook to Hundreds of Lucrative Opportunities across the Nation

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Chapter 6
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS)

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor dark of night will keep you from learning all you need to know about the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and how you can go to work for this organization, which was founded by none other than Benjamin Franklin himself.


A Little History

On July 26, 1775, members of the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and made the following agreement:

That a Postmaster General be appointed for the United
Colonies, who shall hold his office at Philadelphia,
and shall be allowed a salary of 1000 dollars per
[year] for himself, and 340 dollars per [year] for a sec-
retary and Comptroller, with power to appoint such,
and so many deputies as to him may seem proper
and necessary. That a line of posts be appointed
under the direction of the Postmaster General, from
Falmouth in New England to Savannah in Georgia,
with as many cross posts as he shall think fit.


Postal Beginnings

This is how the Post Office Department, the predecessor of the USPS, was born. Prior to this, delivery of mail was a haphazard affair. People from all walks of life became unofficial mailpersons as they crisscrossed the new colonies. Overseas delivery service began in a bar. In 1639, the General Court of Massachusetts designated Richard Fairbanks’s Boston tavern as the official drop site for mail arriving from or being sent to England.

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