Megan Brennan, the 74th overall and first woman to serve as U.S. Postmaster General, announced that she is resigning from the position- effective January 31, 2020. The position was first occupied by the American founding father and scientist, Benjamin Franklin. Since the American Revolution, the Postal Service has transformed drastically in almost every facet describable but the top position has pretty much stayed just that.

First US Postmaster-General, Ben Franklin

Like the CEO of a company, the Postmaster General serves similarly to the head of many other Federal agencies but because it’s a role that has endured since the country’s origin- it keeps the antiquated (and arguably cooler) title. Like her predecessor Patrick Donahoe, Brennan is retiring after her initial five-year commitment is over. The 72nd Postmaster-General, however, Jack Potter, served at the position from 2001-2010. The next Postmaster-General will be determined by the 9 members sitting on the Postal Service board of directors before Brennan’s actual exit in January.

Until Next Time,

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First Woman to Serve as Postmaster-General

First Woman Postmaster-General