Benjamin Franklin

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January 10, 1776

Paine’s Common Sense Published 

On January 10, 1776, Common Sense, a persuasive pamphlet encouraging Americans to declare independence from Great Britain, was published anonymously.

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1983 Treaty of Paris - France First Day Cover
September 3, 1783

Treaty Of Paris Ends Revolutionary War  

After more than eight years of fighting, the American Revolutionary War came to and end on September 3, 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

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 U.S. #1 – Franklin is often considered the father of the American Postal Service.
July 26, 1775

Ben Franklin Appointed America’s First Postmaster General 

On July 26, 1775, former deputy postmaster general of the American colonies, Ben Franklin, was made the first postmaster general of the United States. Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and only attended school until the age of 10. He was an avid reader and quick learner. As a polymath (a person with expertise in a large number of areas), Franklin would eventually become an accomplished author, printer, freemason, scientist, inventor, activist, and statesman.

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 U.S. #1 features a portrait of Franklin based on a painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze.
July 1, 1847

First U.S. Postage Stamp Goes on Sale 

On July 1, 1847, America’s first postage stamps were issued.

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 U.S. #O55 – An 1873 Official stamp issued for use by Post Office Department employees.
February 20, 1792

Washington Establishes U.S. Post Office

On February 20, 1792, George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, creating the U.S. Post Office.

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September 3, 1783

Treaty of Paris Ends Revolutionary War 

After more than eight years of fighting, the American Revolutionary War came to and end on September 3, 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

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July 26th, 1775

Ben Franklin Appointed America’s First Postmaster General 

On July 26, 1775, the Second Continental Congress established America’s first postal system and selected Benjamin Franklin as its first leader.

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