John A. Gronouski
|John A. Gronouski|
|56th United States Postmaster General|
|Preceded by||J. Edward Day|
|Succeeded by||Lawrence F. O'Brien|
|Born||October 26, 1919
|Died||January 7, 1996
Green Bay, Wisconsin
|Spouse(s)||Mary Louise Metz|
|Children||Stacy Ann Gronouski Jennings
Julie Kay Gronouski Glieberman
John Austin Gronouski (October 26, 1919 – January 7, 1996) was the Wisconsin state commissioner of taxation and the United States Postmaster General.
Gronouski was born in Dunbar, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1942, and then served as a navigator in the Air Force until October 1945. He earned his M.A. in 1947, and his PhD in 1955, both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
In 1959, he joined the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and was named the executive director of the Revenue Survey Commission. In 1960 he became the Wisconsin state commissioner of taxation, and he supported John F. Kennedy in the election campaign that year. After his well regarded revamping of the Wisconsin tax system, he was appointed postmaster general by President Kennedy in 1963. He was the first Polish-American Cabinet officer. As Postmaster General, he promoted the original five-digit zip code system, and worked to end racial discrimination against postal employees.
He served as one of the members of the member Eisenhower Commission (on international radio broadcasting) and as Chairman of the Board for International Broadcasting during the Carter Administration.
He retired, and moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he lived for the rest of his life.
- Archives of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
- Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia
- New York Times obituary
J. Edward Day
|United States Postmaster General
Served under: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson
Lawrence F. O'Brien