Post Office

Even before the Declaration of Independence was signed, the founders established the post office as the circulatory system of America’s body politic. Unlike European postal systems, America’s Post was based on a radical goal: to create an informed electorate by delivering news about public affairs to every citizen.

Winifred Gallagher’s How The Post Office Created America recounts how the U.S. Post was instrumental in developing the national transportation grid, from stagecoach lines to airlines. It organized a wild, rural landscape with roads, villages, towns, and addresses. The postal service was the lifeline that supported the great migration and expansion West. It also enabled America to shift from an agrarian to an industrial economy, and was integral to the development of the publishing industry, consumer culture, and the political party system.

HV Post Office To Be Named For Fallen CIA Agent

Jun 18, 2014
Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

The first post office in the United States to be named in memory of a CIA agent is in the Hudson Valley, in Orange County.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s legislation to rename the post office on Route 17M in Monroe as the “National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel Memorial Post Office.”

  The future of the postal service is in question.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Stephen Lynch, who is running in the Democratic primary for Senate, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is against postal cuts.