postmaster general

plural postmasters general

Definition of postmaster general

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

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One day a politician came into Mandel’s office during his tenure as France’s minister of posts (basically postmaster general). James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Haunting of Paris: Georges Mandel and the Long Legacy of Nazi Violence," 6 Aug. 2019 Intended recipients included the attorney general, a Supreme Court justice, the postmaster general, New York’s mayor, senators, representatives, governors and prominent businessmen. David Pietrusza, WSJ, "Bombs in the Mail Bring Echoes of Anarchism," 2 Nov. 2018 Wanamaker’s tumultuous term as postmaster general for the Republican president Benjamin Harrison—which began with firing thousands of Democratic postmasters but later brought about the establishment of rural free delivery—gets short shrift. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "‘Wanamaker’s Temple’ Review: Merchandise and Moral Uplift," 28 Oct. 2018 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,, "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,, "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

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1626, in the meaning defined above

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