What do actor Sherman Hemsley of “The Jeffersons” and Bill Nye the late-19th century humorist have in common?
They are among the famous political figures, entertainers, pioneers and more who have worked for the postal system since its inception.
You probably already know that Ben Franklin was appointed as first Postmaster General in 1775. But did you know that Charles Drew, the surgeon who pioneered blood transfusions and storage techniques, worked as a part-time special delivery messenger?
Other influential postal workers include Conrad Hilton, who served as Postmaster in New Mexico before founding Hilton Hotels and Samuel L. Gravely, the first African-American Admiral, who served as a railway mail clerk in 1948.
Visit Postal People to learn more about the history of the USPS workforce.