Frank Harris Hitchcock

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Frank Hitchcock
44th United States Postmaster General
In office
March 5, 1909 – March 4, 1913
President William Howard Taft
Preceded by George Meyer
Succeeded by Albert S. Burleson
Chair of the Republican National Committee
In office
Preceded by Harry Stewart New
Succeeded by John Fremont Hill
Personal details
Born Frank Harris Hitchcock
(1867-10-05)October 5, 1867
Amherst, Ohio, U.S.
Died August 25, 1935(1935-08-25) (aged 67)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Harvard University (BA)
George Washington University (LLB)

Frank Harris Hitchcock (October 5, 1867 – August 25, 1935), was chairman of Republican National Committee from 1908 to 1909. He was then Postmaster General of the United States under President William Howard Taft from 1909 to 1913.


He is credited with establishing the first U.S. airmail service. As Postmaster General, he made prosecution of mail fraud a top priority, and led a major crackdown on people using the mails to sell shares in worthless companies.[1]

According to historian David Leighton, "He graduated from Harvard in 1891 and the George Washington University Law School in 1894. During his time at Harvard he met Theodore Roosevelt at the Audubon Society, both sharing a passion for the study of birds. Hitchcock credited Roosevelt for his success at the national level: From 1897 to 1905 Hitchcock served in the departments of Agriculture and Commerce. From 1905-08, he was assistant postmaster general."


Political offices
Preceded by
George von L. Meyer
United States Postmaster General
Served under: William Howard Taft

March 5, 1909 – March 4, 1913
Succeeded by
Albert S. Burleson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Harry S. New
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Succeeded by
John F. Hill

External links

  • David Leighton, "Street Smarts: General Hitchcock Highway remembers a man whose influence went from D.C. to Tucson and back," Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 25, 2014


  1. ^ Selling the Pure Blue Sky at

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