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Encyclopedia > United Kingdom Postmaster General

In the United Kingdom, the Postmaster General is a now defunct ministerial position.


The king's letters to his subjects are known to have been carried by relays of couriers as long ago as the 15th century. In 1510, Sir Brian Tuke was appointed as "Master of the King's Post". In 1609 it was decreed that letters could only be carried and delivered by persons authorised by the Postmaster General. 1660 saw the establishment of the General Letter Office, this would later become the General Post Office (GPO). (14th century - 15th century - 16th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 15th century was that century which lasted from 1401 to 1500. ... 1510 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // Events April 4 – King of Spain signs an edit of expulsion of all moriscos from Spain April 9 – Spain recognizes Dutch independence May 23 - Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia. ... // Events January 1 - Colonel George Monck with his regiment crosses from Scotland to England at the village of Coldstream and begins advance towards London in support of English Restoration. ... The term General Post Office is or has been used by a number of postal and telecommunications governmental administrations worldwide, including: United Kingdom until 1969, see Post Office UK. After 1981 see Royal Mail for a continuing history of the British Post Office. ...


The Telegraph Act of 1868 established the office of the Postmaster General's right to exclusively maintain electric telegraphs. This would subsequently extend to telecommunications and broadcasting. 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Optical Telegraf of Claude Chappe on the Litermont near Nalbach, Germany Telegraph and telegram redirect here. ... Telecommunication involves the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Note: broadcasting is also a term for hand sowing. ...


The title of "Postmaster General" was abolished under the Post Office Act of 1969. A new public authority governed by a chairman was established under the name of the "Post Office." The position of "Postmaster General" was replaced with "Minister of Posts and Telecommunications". Year 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Royal Mails logo Royal Mail is the national postal service of the United Kingdom. ...


Former holders of this post:


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... Sir John Wildman (c. ...

... John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont (1711-1770), was a British politician, political pamphleteer, and genealogist. ... Thomas Villiers, 1st Earl of Clarendon PC (1709-11 December 1786), was a British politician and diplomat. ... John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, 1783, by Sir Thomas Gainsborough John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (3 November 1718 – 3 April 1792) succeeded his grandfather, Edward, the 3rd Earl, in the earldom in 1729. ...

  • Henry Carteret, 1st Baron Carteret 1771-1789

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Thomas Pelham, 2nd Earl of Chichester (1756-1826), known before 1805 as Lord Pelham, son of the 1st earl, was surveyor-general of ordnance in Lord Rockinghams 2nd ministry (1782), and Chief Secretary for Ireland in the coalition ministry of 1783. ... The Most Noble William Montagu, 5th Duke of Manchester (October 21, 1771–March 18, 1843) was the son of George Montagu, 4th Duke of Manchester. ... Charles Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond and Lennox (3 August 1791 - 21 October 1860) was an English politician and a prominent Conservative. ... The Most Honourable Sir Francis Nathaniel Conyngham, 2nd Marquess of Conyngham KP PC (June 11, 1797–July 17, 1879) was the son of Henry Conyngham, 1st Marquess of Conyngham. ... William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington (1763–1845) was an Irish politician and an elder brother of the Duke of Wellington. ... The Most Honourable Sir Francis Nathaniel Conyngham, 2nd Marquess of Conyngham KP PC (June 11, 1797–July 17, 1879) was the son of Henry Conyngham, 1st Marquess of Conyngham. ... William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale (1787 - 1872), was an English politician. ... Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans (29 August 1798 - 7 October 1877) was a British politician. ... Ulick John de Burgh, 1st Marquess of Clanricarde (1802-1874) was a British Whig politician. ... Charles Philip Yorke, 4th Earl of Hardwicke (April 2, 1799 - 1873), English admiral, was the eldest son of Admiral Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke (1768 - 1831), who was the second son of Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor, by his second wife, Agneta Johnson. ... Charles John Canning, 1st Earl Canning (14 December 1812 - 17 June 1862), English statesman, Governor-General of India during the Mutiny of 1857, was the youngest child of George Canning, and was born at Brompton, near London. ... George John Douglas Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll (30 April 1823 - 24 April 1900) was a prominent United Kingdom Liberal politician as well as a writer on science, religion, and the politics of the 19th century. ... Charles Abbot, 2nd Baron Colchester (12 March 1798–18 October 1867), known as Charles Abbot before 1829, was a British Conservative politician. ... The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine (20 July 1811 – 20 November 1863) was a British colonial administrator and diplomat, best known as Governor General of the Province of Canada and Viceroy of India. ... Edward John Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley (1802-1869), entered the House of Commons in 1831 and became Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in 1841, Patronage Secretary to the Treasury from 1835 to 1841, Paymaster-General in 1841, and Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs... James Graham, 4th Duke of Montrose, KT (16 July 1799-30 December 1874) was a British politician. ... Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire (29 June 1833 - 19 October 1908) was a British politician, previously known (1858-1891) as Marquess of Hartington. ... William Monsell, 1st Baron Emly, PC (21 September 1812–20 April 1894[1][2]) was the President of the Board of Health of the United Kingdom (a position now known as the Secretary of State for Health) between 9 February 1857 and 24 September 1857. ... Lord Playfair Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair, GCB, FRS (May 1, 1818) - (May 29, 1898) was a Scottish scientist and Parliamentarian. ... The Rt Hon. ... 1881 Cartoon from Punch: PROFESSOR FAWCETT, M.P and P.M.G., A Politician of a certain stamp, and President of the Republic of Letters at St. ... George John Shaw-Lefevre, 1st Baron Eversley PC (12 June 1831–19 April 1928) was a British Liberal politician. ... The Rt Hon. ... George Grenfell Glyn, 2nd Baron Wolverton, PC (10 February 1824 – 6 November 1887), was a British Liberal politician. ... Henry Cecil Raikes (November 18, 1838–August 24, 1891) was a British Conservative politician. ... Sir James Fergusson, Bart. ... Arnold Morley (18 February 1849 – 16 January 1916) was a British Liberal politician. ... Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk KG GCVO VD PC (27 December 1847–11 February 1917) was the son of Henry Granville Fitzalan-Howard, 14th Duke of Norfolk and Augusta Mary Minna Catherine Lyons. ... Charles Stewart Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 6th Marquess of Londonderry (16 July 1852 - 8 February 1915) was a British Conservative politician who in various capacities in the Conservative administrations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ... The Rt. ... Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby (4 April 1865 - 4 February 1948) was an English politician around the turn of the 20th century. ... Sydney Charles Buxton, 1st Earl Buxton was the Governor-General of the Union of South Africa from 1914 to 1920. ... Herbert Louis Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel (1870-1963) was a British politician and diplomat. ... Rt Hon. ... Herbert Louis Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel (1870-1963) was a British politician and diplomat. ... Joseph Albert Pease, 1st Baron Gainford of Headlam PC JP DL, (17 January 1860 – 15 February 1943) was an English businessman and Liberal politician. ... Frederick George Kellaway (1870-1933) was a British politician who briefly served as Postmaster General. ... Arthur Neville Chamberlain (18 March 1869 – 9 November 1940) was a Conservative British politician and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 to 1940. ... William Joynson-Hicks, 1st Viscount Brentford 23 June 1865-8 June 1932, popularly known as Jix, was a UK Conservative politician, most known for his tenure as Home Secretary during which he gained a reputation for strict authoritarianism. ... Sir Laming Worthington-Evans, 1st Baronet GBE (23 August 1868 – 14 February 1931) was a British Conservative politician. ... Vernon Hartshorn (1872-1931) was a British Labour Party politician who served on the Simon Commission and in various positions in the Labour governments of Ramsay MacDonald. ... Sir William Lowson Mitchell-Thomson, 1st Baron Selsdon, PC Bt KBE (1877-1938) was a UK politician. ... Hastings Lee-Smith (1878 - 1943) was a Labour politician from an upper_class background. ... Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, FRS, PC (3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1945 to 1951. ... William George Arthur Ormsby-Gore, 4th Baron Harlech (born April 11, 1885, London; died February 14, 1964, London), British Conservative politician and banker. ... Sir Howard Kingsley Wood (19 August 1891 - 21 September 1943) was a Conservative British politician. ... George Clement Tryon, 1st Baron Tryon (1871-1940) was a British Conservative politician who served in a number of ministerial positions in the inter-war years. ... Lord Dunrossil William Shepherd Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil (8 October 1893 - 3 February 1961), 14th Governor-General of Australia, was born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh University. ... Henry Frederick Comfort Crookshank, 1st Viscount Crookshank (1893-1961), known as Harry Crookshank was a British Conservative politician. ... William Francis Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel GCMG PC (28 September 1906 - 12 March 1997) was a British nobleman and Labour politician. ... The Rt. ... Ness Edwards (5 April 1897 – 3 May 1968) was a Welsh Labour Party politician. ... Herbrand Edward Dundonald Brassey Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr (June 20, 1900 - January 28, 1976), known as Lord Buckhurst from 1900 until 1915 (and sometimes nicknamed Buck de la Warr after that), was a British National Labour politician in the 1930s. ... Charles Hill, Baron Hill of Luton (15 January 1904 —22 August 1989) M.D., was an English administrator, doctor and television executive. ... (Alfred) Ernest Marples, Baron Marples (9 December 1907 – 6 July 1978) was a British politician. ... Tony Benn about to join March 2005 anti-war demo in London Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn (born April 3, 1925), known as Tony Benn, formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, is a British politician on the left of the Labour Party. ... Edward Watson Short, Baron Glenamara (born 17 December 1912), is a former Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne, who was a minister during the Labour Governments of Harold Wilson. ... Roy Mason (born April 18, 1924) is a British politician and former Cabinet minister. ... John Stonehouse (1926 - 1988) was a British politician and minister under Harold Wilson. ...

See also

Wealth at death of British politicians: based on probate. ...

External link

  • has a list of the Postmasters-General from 1660-1852

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United Kingdom Postmaster General - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (292 words)
The king's letters to his subjects are known to have been carried by relays of couriers as long ago as the 15th century.
The title of "Postmaster General" was abolished under the Post Office Act of 1969.
A new public authority governed by a chairman was established under the name of the "Post Office." The position of "Postmaster General" was replaced with "Minister of Posts and Telecommunications".
Postmaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (109 words)
Postmaster or Postmistress refers to the head of an individual Post Office.
When a postmaster is responsible for an entire mail distribution organization (usually sponsored by a national government) the title of Postmaster General is commonly used.
Responsibilities of a postmaster typically include management of a centralized mail distribution facility, establishment of letter carrier routes, supervision of letter carriers, and enforcement of the organization's rules and procedures.
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