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Ben Franklin becomes Deputy Postmaster General

Today in Masonic history Ben Franklin, a famous Freemason, became Deputy Postmaster General in 1753.

Franklin during his time in this position made a simple accounting method for postmasters along with making riders carry mail both day and night. Our mail system changed drastically under Ben Franklin and he would eventually become Postmaster General and create a modern post office that we still use today.

Franklin was initiated into a local masonic lodge in Pennsylvania in 1731. He would be elected Grand Master of Pennsylvania just 3 years later in 1734. Also in 1734 Franklin reprinted the Masonic Book "Consitutions of the Free-Masons", sometimes referred to as Anderson's Constitutions after it's author James Anderson.