• America's First Postmaster General Samuel Osgood Led Battles At Lexington, Concord -- His Signature

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    SAMUEL OSGOOD (1747-1813) was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard College in 1770. He became a merchant in Andover, represented the town in the colonial assembly, and was elected to the provincial congress in 1775. He served on the Massachusetts Board of War from 1776 to 1780, in the Massachusetts Senate from 1780 to 1781, and in the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1784. Osgood led a local company of minutemen into the BATTLE OF LEXINGTON and CONCORD in 1775. They followed the retreating British and became part of the Siege of Boston.  Osgood was made Major of a brigade and an aide to Gen. Artemas Ward. He was later promoted to Colonel.


    In 1785, the Continental Congress appointed him a commissioner of the Treasury, and he moved to New York City, where he held the office until 1789. He held the position of Postmaster General from 1789 to 1791. Osgood also offered his home to President Washington and his wife as the first executive mansion. He later served in the New York Assembly. President Thomas Jefferson appointed him as Naval Officer of the Port of New York in 1803, a position he held until his death.


    Offering his signature clipped from a document, cut tight to the g in his last name, but a complete signature.  The image of Osgood is a copy.


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