Letter Carriers Deliver to Homes

Letter Carriers Deliver to Homes

by Sandra Merville Hart Before the Civil War, everyone had to visit the post office to pick up their mail.     The U.S. Postal Service begins home delivery in Ohio. In 1863, Joseph Briggs, one of the postal workers in Cleveland, Ohio, convinced the officials to deliver the mail for free to those living in the city. Soon other cities received free mail delivery.   After the Civil War ended, many soldiers who had been disabled in the war became letter carriers. Only cities with over 20,000 people received free mail delivery. At first, the Post Office only provided free mail delivery to cities with a population over 20,000. After 1887, the number was lowered, but it still didn’t include small towns and those living in the country. Those living on farms...

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