From 1836 to 1971, Postmasters were appointed by the President, “by and with the consent of the Senate.”
- Postmasters earning less than $1,000 per year were appointed by the Postmaster General, generally upon the advice of the local congressman or townspeople.
- Regulations required that postmasters execute a valid bond and take an oath of office, thus minors and aliens were ineligible.
- Prior to 1971, it was also required that postmasters live in the area of their Post Office™.
Since 1971, postmasters have been selected on the merit system.
For additional historical information on the appointment of Postmasters, go to http://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postmasterfinder/welcome.htm.