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Today in Legal History…February 20, 1972

Today in Legal History…February 20, 1972

POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2009 - 1:47pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm

George Washington signs the Postal Service Act. In this building, the U.S. Postal Service Department was born. The act established official mail routes, and criminal penalties for mail tampering. The department originally served four million people over 2,400 miles. Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General.