Benny here. On this day in 1775, the U.S. Post Office was established by the Second Continental Congress. I remember the day just like it was yesterday.
As you know, I was appointed the first Postmaster General and I put into place many of the foundational aspects of today's mail system.
Prior to the establishment of U.S. Postal service, few American colonists needed to send mail to each other. Most mail was sent across the Atlantic. There were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns.
I had already served as a colonial Postmaster for Pennsylvania, but the British fired me for my "revolutionary activities." I think they didn't like the fact that I made fun of their pretty red uniforms! Before I got "downsized," I produced the first rate chart, which standardized delivery costs based on distance and weight. Pretty smart? Too bad I didn't think of , "If it fits, it ships."
By time my tenure as the U.S. Postmaster General was over, I had had established regular routes from Florida to Maine and regular service between the colonies and Britain. I also had established 75 Post Offices across the land.
So, you can thank me now or you can thank me later!