Local Postmaster on American frontier: What kind of gig was it?
October 24, 2013 11:55 AM Subscribe
I want to learn more about the job of Postmaster in small, rural settlements in 1830s and 1840s America. So, I have some questions ...
posted by John Borrowman to society & culture (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Were these jobs sought after, or merely handed out to whomever would take it? Did they come with any particular 'perks'? Did snagging one necessarily signal political connections of some sort? Is it a safe assumption that the Postmaster was also likely a central repository of information about everyone - factual or otherwise - in the area? What was the pay?
Bonus points for reference sources that provide further background.