How to Address the Postmaster General

The Postmaster General of the United States
United States Postal Service

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-The Honorable
—-—-(Full Name)
—-—-Postmaster General

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Madam Postmaster General:
—-—-Dear Postmaster General:


Is a Local Postmaster the Honorable?

In 1987, I was promoted to be Postmaster in large Post Office in Pennsylvania.

During and after my swearing in ceremony, I was told I was now the Honorable (Full Name).

I questioned the title and was told the title comes with the position for life. After the ceremony I never saw it used again with my name. Are postmasters all the Honorable?

—-—-—-– AG

Dear AG,

The Honorable is not extended to postmasters of individual post offices.

‘Postmaster’ is informally used as an honorific:
———–Postmaster (Name) 

The Postmaster General of the United States, as noted above, is ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’. He’s appointed by the President (POTUS) and individually approved by the Senate. That¹s pretty much what¹s required for appointed Federal ‘honorables’ – both parts.

One thing I do as a backup is an internet search for ‘Honorable + (Office)’. In this case ‘Honorable Postmaster’. If the office is addressed as ‘the Honorable (Name)’ lots and lots of documents come up. But for ‘Honorable Postmaster’ nothing comes up. Not that I don’t find one or two, but if all postmasters in the USA were ‘the honorable’  hundreds would immediately come up.

The only office in the USPS that does comes up is – the Postmaster General of the United States – which makes sense.

– Robert Hickey

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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