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Thursday, February 4th. Coming months after the summer’s unusual demonstration of appreciation for the United States Postal Service, today is National Thank A Mail Carrier Day.

This annual homage falls in the gloom of winter, when the necessary outdoor work is particularly challenging. The Constitution in 1788 gave Congress the power to establish post offices, and a year later, the Act of September 22, 1789 made the Postmaster General subject to the direction of the President.

At the beginning, a population of almost four million was served by 75 Post Offices and about 2,400 miles of post roads.

Today’s population of around 330 million have access to some 34,600 post office branches, served by some 690,000 carriers and postal clerks.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at

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