postmaster general

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 Obviously, there will be instances of undelivered ballots, especially since the U.S. Postal Service has already been weakened by the hostile and tight-fisted policies of Trump’s postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, and the Republican Party. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Operational changes – strictly how the agency handles mail items – fall under the postmaster general's purview, though Congress can impose a statutory requirement. Jacob Bogage, Star Tribune, 20 Aug. 2020 DeJoy is the 75th postmaster general of the United States, a position first held by Benjamin Franklin in 1775. Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Oct. 2021 About a week after DeJoy’s appointment, the Postal Service announced that another senior official was resigning, the deputy postmaster general, Ronald Stroman. Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2020 Biden’s decision potentially gives liberals on the panel another crucial vote to oust the postmaster general, who can only be removed by the board of governors. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Louis DeJoy became postmaster general in 2020 after being selected by the Postal Service’s Board of Governors, which maintains authority to oust him. Jeff Barker,, 16 Apr. 2021 The nominees are Ron Stroman, who recently retired as deputy postmaster general; Anton Hajjar, former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union; and Amber McReynolds, chief executive of the National Vote at Home Institute. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 25 Feb. 2021 The plan has garnered congressional scrutiny for Mr. DeJoy, a former logistics executive who took over as postmaster general in June 2020. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of postmaster general

1626, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2022

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“Postmaster general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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