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U. S. Postmasters (USPS)

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  • John L. Saylor (1841 - 1908)
    John L. Saylor, a successful farmer and general storekeeper of Somerset, was born in Summit, Pa., August 10, 1841, son of John J. and Elizabeth (Lichty) Saylor. His father and mother, and his paternal ...
  • John Wyeth (1770 - 1858)
    Wyeth (1770–1858) was a printer in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who is best-known for printing Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second (Harrisburg, PA: 1813), which marks an important transition in...
  • Benjamin Shacklett Dowell (1818 - 1880)
    Benjamin Shacklett (Uncle Ben) Dowell, pioneer settler and first mayor of El Paso, son of James Board and Barbara (Shacklett) Dowell, was born in Meade County, Kentucky, on November 30, 1818. He served...
  • John James Dix, Sr. (1796 - 1870)
    John James Dix, Sr., businessman, judge, and Unionist, was born on April 12, 1796, at Littleton, Massachusetts. He ran away to sea in 1810 and served on an American privateer in the War of 1812. For a ...
  • John Sutherland Menefee (1813 - 1884)
    MENEFEE, JOHN SUTHERLAND (1813–1884). John Sutherland Menefee, merchant, soldier, and public official, was born in Anderson County, Tennessee, on June 24, 1813, the son of Lucy (Sutherland) and Thomas ...

A postmaster is the head of an individual post office. When a postmaster is responsible for an entire mail distribution organization (usually sponsored by a national government), the title of Postmaster General is commonly used. Responsibilities of a postmaster typically include management of a centralized mail distribution facility, establishment of letter carrier routes, supervision of letter carriers and clerks, and enforcement of the organization's rules and procedures.

In the United States, women have served as postmasters since the Revolutionary War and even earlier, under British rule. "Postmaster," regardless of the person's sex, has always been the official title for this position.