Since Benjamin Franklin was named the first postmaster general by the Continental Congress in 1775, the U.S. Postal Service, a descendant of Franklin's original system, has facilitated communication across America and beyond. Over the past 100 years, the Postal Service has met a slew of formidable challengers -- from the telephone to the Internet. Faced with a sharp decline in mail in recent years, the Postal Service reported an $8.5 billion loss for fiscal 2010.
Annual totals for postal employees prior to 1926 are not available.<br />