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United Kingdom Postmaster General

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In the United Kingdom, the Postmaster General is a now defunct ministerial position.

The king's letters to his subjects are known to have been carried by relays of couriers as long ago as the 15th century. In 1510, Sir Brian Tuke was appointed as "Master of the King's Post". In 1609 it was decreed that letters could only be carried and delivered by persons authorised by the Postmaster General. 1660 saw the establishment of the General Letter Office, this would later become the General Post Office (GPO).

The Telegraph Act of 1868 established the office of the Postmaster General's right to exclusively maintain electric telegraphs. This would subsequently extend to telecommunications and broadcasting.

The title of "Postmaster General" was abolished under the Post Office Act of 1969. A new public authority governed by a chairman was established under the name of the "Post Office." The position of "Postmaster General" was replaced with "Minister of Posts and Telecommunications". Former holders of this post:

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  1. Thomas Pelham, 2nd Earl of Chichester 1823-1826
  2. Lord Frederick Montagu 1826-1827
  3. William Montagu, 5th Duke of Manchester 1827-1830
  4. Charles Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond and Lennox 1830-1834
  5. Francis Nathaniel Conyngham, 2nd Marquess Conyngham 1834
  6. William Wellesley-Pole, 1st Baron Maryborough 1834-1835
  7. Francis Nathaniel Conyngham, 2nd Marquess Conyngham 1835
  8. Thomas William Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield 1835-1841
  9. William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale 1841-1845
  10. Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans 1845-1846
  11. Ulick John de Burgh, 1st Marquess of Clanricarde 1846-1852
  12. Charles Philip Yorke, 4th Earl of Hardwicke 1852
  13. Charles John Canning, 2nd Viscount Canning 1853-1855
  14. George Douglas Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll 1855-1858
  15. Charles Edward Abbot, 2nd Baron Colchester 1858-1859
  16. James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin 1859-1860
  17. Edward John Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley 1860-1866
  18. James Graham, 4th Duke of Montrose 1866-1868
  19. Spencer Compton Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington 1868-1871
  20. William Monsell 1871-1873
  21. Lyon Playfair 1873-1874
  22. Lord John Manners 1874-1880
  23. Henry Fawcett 1880-1884
  24. George John Shaw-Lefevre 1884-1885
  25. Lord John Manners 1885-1886
  26. George Grenfell Glyn, 2nd Baron Wolverton 1886
  27. Henry Cecil Raikes 1886-1891
  28. Sir James Fergusson 1891-1892
  29. Arnold Morley 1892-1895
  30. Henry Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk 1895 -1900
  31. Charles Stewart Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 6th Marquess of Londonderry 1900-1902
  32. Austen Chamberlain 1902-1903
  33. Edward George Villiers Stanley, Lord Stanley 1903-1905
  34. Sidney Buxton 1905-1910
  35. Herbert Samuel 1910-1914
  36. Charles Hobhouse 1914-1915
  37. Herbert Samuel 1915-1916
  38. Joseph Pease 1916
  39. Albert Illingworth 1916-1921
  40. Frederick Kellaway 1921-1922
  41. Neville Chamberlain 1922-1923
  42. Sir William Joynson-Hicks 1923
  43. Sir Laming Worthington-Evans 1923-1924
  44. Vernon Hartshorn 1924
  45. Sir William Mitchell-Thomson 1924-1929
  46. Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith 1929-1931
  47. Clement Attlee 1931
  48. Sir William Ormsby-Gore 1931
  49. Sir Kingsley Wood 1931-1935
  50. Geoffrey Tryon 1935-1940
  51. William Morrison 1940-1942
  52. Harry Crookshank 1942-1945
  53. William Francis Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel 1945-1947
  54. Wilfrid Poling 1947-1950
  55. Ness Edwards 1950-1951
  56. Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr 1951-1955
  57. Charles Hill 1955-1957
  58. Ernest Bevins 1957-1959
  59. Ernest Marples 1959-1964
  60. Anthony Wedgwood Benn 1964-1966
  61. Edward Short 1966-1968
  62. Roy Mason 1968
  63. John Stonehouse 1968-1969
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