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Cave Johnson, former Postmaster General of the United States, dies at his home in Tennessee.

Cave Johnson, detail
11/23/1866

Cave Johnson was a veteran of Tennessee politics who served for seven terms as a United States Representative, managed James Polk's presidential campaign, and then served as Polk's Postmaster General. He is credited with introducing the postage stamp and corner drop boxes for mail.  He retired from politics in 1849 and became a banker.  He died at his home in Clarksville, Tennessee, aged seventy-three.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Johnson, Hon. Cave," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 420.

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