postmaster general

noun
plural postmasters general

Definition of postmaster general

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

Examples of postmaster general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1775 Benjamin Franklin was appointed the U.S.'s first postmaster general. Dan Schlenoff, Scientific American, "50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: December 2020," 11 Nov. 2020 This summer, even as officials were encouraging people to vote absentee to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, slowdowns in mail delivery raised concerns as well as suspicions that Trump’s new postmaster general was trying to sabotage the election. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "In Maryland and nationwide, voters rush to polls to cast ballots early — but could face wait to learn who won," 31 Oct. 2020 DeJoy is a businessman who contributed to President Trump and Republican causes before he was appointed postmaster general in May. Grace Segers, CBS News, "U.S. Postal Service inspector general is investigating changes at post offices," 15 Aug. 2020 Additionally, Louis DeJoy, who was named postmaster general in May by the the Postal Service’s board of governors, who are appointed by the president, has been mired in controversy following sweeping changes at the agency. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "'Starve the Postal Service': Obama criticizes Trump for sweeping changes at the USPS," 14 Aug. 2020 Sullivan also said that the postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, should also have to explain his agency’s failures to make meaningful changes within the agency after an injunction in early October aimed at boosting mail delivery speeds. Maya Lau, Los Angeles Times, "Federal judge slams U.S. Postal Service and orders search for mail ballots in Texas facilities," 4 Nov. 2020 The postmaster general, a major donor to Trump and the Republican Party, testified about the changes in August in front of the House Oversight Committee. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "US judge blocks 'politically motivated' Postal Service changes," 17 Sep. 2020 Democrats are calling for an investigation into the postmaster general, who is under fire for cutbacks to service at the Postal Office. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump says he'd support investigation into allegations against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy," 7 Sep. 2020 The new postmaster general, a major Trump donor, denies he’s presiding over an effort to hurt mail voting. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida elections officials face an unprecedented demand for mail ballots in presidential voting. Are they close to being ready for the onslaught?," 29 Aug. 2020

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1626, in the meaning defined above

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“Postmaster general.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postmaster%20general. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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