First US Postage Stamp 1847

Title

First US Postage Stamp 1847

Description

Benjamin Franklyn, one of the U.S. Founding Fathers, was the first Postmaster General under the Continental Congress. In 1775, Franklin served as a member of the Second Continental Congress, which appointed him Postmaster General on July 26 of that year. With an annual salary of $1,000 and $340 for a secretary and comptroller, Franklin was responsible for all Post Offices from Massachusetts to Georgia and had authority to hire postmasters as necessary.

Creator

U.S. Postal Service

Date

1847

Source

US Phila and Mystic Stamp Company

Benjamin Franklyn, the first U.S. Post Master General was featured on the first U.S. Postage Stamp in 1847.

Source: U.S. Postal Service 

Relation

Source: Wikipedia

Rights

U.S. Postal Service

Publisher

U.S. Postal Service

Contributor

U.S. Postal Service

Format

Medium: Postage Stamp

Language

English

Type

Stamp

Identifier

Postal

Coverage

Historic

Files

franklin5cent.jpg
franklin5dollars.jpg

Reference

U.S. Postal Service, First US Postage Stamp 1847, U.S. Postal Service, 1847

Cite As

U.S. Postal Service, “First US Postage Stamp 1847,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 9, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/71.