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Gideon Granger, Postmaster General...



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July 3, 1802

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 3, 1802

* Gideon Granger
* United States mail service


Page 2 commentary: "A brief review of the state of the Union, preparatory to the commencement of the 27th year of Independence, for the 4th of July, 1802." Takes 3 1/4 columns, signed in type: Franklin.

Back page has two government proposals for carrying the "Mails of the United States", each signed in type: Gideon Granger, Postmaster General.

Other news of the day with several interesting advertisements. Some lite foxing, otherwise in nice condition. 4 pages.

wikipedia notes: Gideon Granger (July 19, 1767 – December 31, 1822) was an early American politician and lawyer. He was the father of Francis Granger.

Born in Suffield, Connecticut, Granger attended and graduated from Yale University and became a lawyer. He was considered a brilliant political essayist. Using the pseudonyms Algernon Sydney and Epaminondas many of his writings, defending Jeffersonian principles, were published in many pamphlets.

He was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly and ran unsuccessfully for the United States Congress in 1798. A staunch supporter of Thomas Jefferson's, Granger was appointed to his cabinet at the start of his term in 1801 as Postmaster General. He served in this post until 1814 when Jefferson's successor, James Madison, replaced him. He is the longest serving Postmaster General as of 2007.

After leaving Washington, D.C., Granger settled in Canandaigua, New York, where he built a homestead that would be "unrivaled in all the nation" from which he could administer the many land tracts he had acquired further to the west which today it is a museum. He became a member of the New York Senate and continued to be influential in politics and law including being a key figure in the Erie Canal project.

Ill health forced him to retire early in 1821 and he died the next year on December 31, 1822. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua.

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