1792 – George Washington Signs the Postal Service Act


In 1737, a 31-year-old American colonist named Benjamin Franklin took over as Postmaster General and oversaw the colonial postal service from England until he was dismissed for subversive acts on behalf of the rebellious colonies in 1774. Franklin then returned to America and helped create a rival postal system for the emerging nation.

During the Revolutionary War, then-commanding general George Washington depended heavily on the postal service to carry messages between the Army and Congress. Although Article IX of the Articles of Confederation written in 1781 authorized Congress to establish and regulate post offices from one state to another, the formation of an official U.S. Postal Service remained a work in progress.

Finally, on February 20, 1792, President Washington formally created the U.S. Postal Service with the signing of the Postal Service Act, which outlined in detail congressional power to establish official mail routes.

That’s a long way of saying the new country recognized the need for communication.

In any relationship, communication is essential. We need to learn to communicate with each other, how to talk to each other – and listen.

The Bible says to be quick to listen and slow to talk. Communication is mostly listening and receiving. What George Washington signed into law 225 years ago today wasn’t a new concept, just a better way of doing it.

So make communication a key to your personal growth today. And send someone a card in the mail. It will bless your friend. And it will make George Washington and Ben Franklin proud.


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