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History of USPS

The United States Postal Services is an independent agency founded in July 1971 with the main task of providing postal services to the people of United States. Its services include domestic, military as well as international mails services. 

  • On July 1, 1971, USPS was founded in Washington D.C., United States.
  • In 1775, Benjamin Franklin was the first appointed Postmaster General by the Continental Congress.
  • USPS’ original name was the U.S. Post Office Department, when it was completely managed by the U.S. government before 1971.
  • USPS’ oldest known post office is in Boston, Massachusetts, where Richard Fairbanks' tavern was designated as the official repository for mail in 1639.
  • The Postal Inspection Service was the first modern federal law enforcement agency to provide federal agent careers to women.
  • USPS’ usual methods of mail delivery include foot, vehicle, plane, and ship, but did you know mules are used too? Yes, 30 mules are utilized in a mule-train delivery in Arizona to ship down an eight-mile trail to the Havasupai Indians, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
  • The Postal Service gets $0 of your tax dollars for operating expenses. Instead, it relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.

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