Notes from the Past

Deputy Postmaster's Appointments

The power to appoint postmasters was a political perquisite of the party which won the presidency.  Postmasterships were used to reward the party faithful.  The process of appointment was described in the Regulations for the Government of the Post Office Department included in Postal Laws and Regulations for the Government of the Post Office Department published in 1847 as follows:.
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Deputy postmasters, by whom appointed.

    42.  Postmasters at offices where the commissions amount to one thousand dollars and upwards, per annum, receive their appointment from the President of the United States, with the concurrence of the senate.  Act of 1836, sec. 33.
    43.  Upon the appointment of a postmaster, he is furnished with a letter of appointment and a blank bond.  Upon executing the bond, as required, and taking the oath of office, he is authorized to take charge of the office, and not before.
    44.  No person can hold the office of postmaster, who shall not be an actual resident of the city or town wherein the post office is situated.  Act of 1836, sec. 36.
    45. No person can hold the office of postmaster who is not a citizen of the United States.

The next installment will provide the postmaster's oath and bonding requirements.

Posted June 9, 2000

Editor's Note:  Modern philatelists are indebted to Theron Wierenga who republished this volume in 1980.  Italics follow the original.

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