Founding Fathers

 U.S. #1691-94 was issued to commemorate Hancock’s signing of the Declaration of Independence.
October 8, 1793

Death of Statesman John Hancock

On October 8, 1793, statesman, merchant, accused smuggler, and patriot John Hancock died at his home in Boston, Massachusetts.

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 U.S. #591 – In 1820, Monroe was the third and final U.S. President to run unopposed in an election.
April 28, 1758

Birth of James Monroe 

James Monroe was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on April 28, 1758, to successful Virginia plantation owners.

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 U.S. #28 is from the first series of perforated U.S. postage stamps.
April 13, 1743

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson 

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Colony of Virginia.

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 U.S. #262 is from the first series of stamps produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
March 16, 1751

Happy Birthday, James Madison

James Madison was born on March 16, 1751, in Port Conway, Virginia. James was the oldest of 12 children.

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 U.S. #263 is a key high-value stamp from the 1894 Bureau Issue.
February 4, 1801

John Marshall – Longest-serving Chief Justice

John Marshall began his 34-year career as chief justice of the Supreme Court on February 4, 1801.

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 U.S. #154 – Hamilton helped found the New York Post in 1801.
January 11th, 1755

Birth of Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755 (or 57 – the year is unknown), in Nevis in the British West Indies.

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 U.S. #1046 – While serving as chief justice, Jay went to Great Britain and negotiated the Jay Treaty, which settled many of the lingering post-war disputes.
October 19th, 1789

John Jay Becomes First Supreme Court Chief Justice

On October 19, 1789, John Jay was sworn in as America’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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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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