postmaster general

noun
plural postmasters general

Definition of postmaster general 

: an official in charge of a national post office department or agency

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But the postal service, the postmaster general said to have told the president that the service actually benefits from Amazon shipping. Fox News, "N.Y. Times' mea culpa on FBI probe," 21 May 2018 The Journal reported that former postmaster general Patrick Donahoe told analysts last week that the contract with Amazon had been profitable for the Postal Service. Eli Rosenberg, Philly.com, "Trump said Amazon cost the USPS 'billions.' But the Post Office has a different explanation.," 12 May 2018 It was reported that former La Cañada resident Anthony Frank had been named postmaster general of the U.S. While living on Chevy Chase Drive here in the 1960s and '70s, Frank was head of Citizens Savings and Loan Assn. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Viper collides with big rig, shuts down 210 Freeway for 8 hours," 9 Apr. 2018 Former postmaster general Patrick Donahoe, who ran the agency from late 2010 until early 2015, told UBS analysts last week that the Amazon contract was profitable for the agency. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "At Post Office, Amazon Isn’t the Only Big Shipper Getting Discounts," 13 Apr. 2018 The flow of intelligence and orders between Congress and military forces was considered essential, leading to Benjamin Franklin’s appointment as the first postmaster general in 1775. Simon R. Gardner, The Atlantic, "98 Years of Mail Fraud," 4 May 2018 On a dark day in late 2011, when the postmaster general proposed cutting 100,000 staffers and shutting thousands of post offices, EBay Inc. shares dropped more than 6%. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Amazon isn't killing the post office. And Trump's ability to go after the online giant has limits," 30 Mar. 2018 Board members typically would be a big part of this process, talking with members of Congress about the effort and advising the postmaster general. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Amazon, Despite Trump Tweet, Buoys Postal Service," 29 Mar. 2018 Watson, the postmaster general who also wanted him to run, met privately with the president, Busby wrote. Robert Mitchell, Washington Post, "A ‘Pearl Harbor in politics’: LBJ’s stunning decision not to seek reelection," 31 Mar. 2018

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1626, in the meaning defined above

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