Happy 237th Birthday, USPS!
Did you know that our country’s Postal Service is as old as the nation itself? The Post Office (which was later renamed the U.S. Postal Service) was officially established at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 26, 1775. Benjamin Franklin was named the postmaster general and held that position when the Declaration of Independence was signed the next summer.
Founded on the principle “that every person in the United States…has the right to equal access to secure, efficient, and affordable mail service,” the U.S. Postal Service also has roots in the Constitution, which calls on Congress “to establish Post Offices and post roads.”
For 237 years, America’s letter carriers have delivered the mail as our country has grown and expanded. Check out Time magazine’s photo essay, “The Storied History of the United States Postal Service” to learn more about the ways USPS has adapted to change and served our country over the years.
The Postal Service is a vital public institution that weaves us together as a nation. Congress should stand by the Postal Service, just as USPS has stood by the country, and must engage in constructive dialogue on how we can best position the service for success in the 21st century. Cutting services such as door-to-door delivery and six-day service isn’t the way to fix the Postal Service. We need a thoughtful solution that creates a solid foundation for the next 237 years of mail service.
We can’t afford to stand by and watch our Postal Service be diminished as Congress chips away important services one-by-one. Sign our petition today to tell Congress why the Postal Service is important to you.