Frank Harris Hitchcock

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Frank Hitchcock
44th United States Postmaster General
In office
March 5, 1909 – March 4, 1913
PresidentWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded byGeorge Meyer
Succeeded byAlbert S. Burleson
Chair of the Republican National Committee
In office
July 8, 1908 – March 5, 1909
Preceded byHarry New
Succeeded byJohn Hill
Personal details
Frank Harris Hitchcock

(1867-10-05)October 5, 1867
Amherst, Ohio, U.S.
DiedAugust 5, 1935(1935-08-05) (aged 67)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationHarvard University (BA)
George Washington University (LLB)

Frank Harris Hitchcock (October 5, 1867 – August 5, 1935), was chairman of Republican National Committee from 1908 to 1909. He was then Postmaster General of the United States under President William Howard Taft from 1909 to 1913.


Frank Harris Hitchcock was born in Amherst, Ohio on October 5, 1867.[1]

According to historian David Leighton, "He graduated from Harvard in 1891 and the George Washington University Law School in 1894. During his time at Harvard he met Theodore Roosevelt at the Audubon Society, both sharing a passion for the study of birds. Hitchcock credited Roosevelt for his success at the national level: From 1897 to 1905 Hitchcock served in the departments of Agriculture and Commerce. From 1905-08, he was assistant postmaster general."

He is credited with establishing the first U.S. airmail service. As Postmaster General, he made prosecution of mail fraud a top priority, and led a major crackdown on people using the mails to sell shares in worthless companies.[2] He's also credited with starting the US Postal Service's Operation Santa in 1912, instructing local postmasters to let workers and citizens respond to Santa letters that were popping up in post offices. [3]

Hitchcock moved to Arizona in 1928 where he invested in mining and was an owner of the Tucson Citizen.[4] He advocated for the creation of Catalina Highway and Saguaro National Monument. Frank Harris Hitchcock died in Tucson, Arizona on August 5, 1935.[5]



  1. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. XIV. James T. White & Company. 1910. pp. 412–413. Retrieved December 17, 2020 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Selling the Pure Blue Sky at
  3. ^ Miller, Susan. "'Don't forget about me': USPS' Operation Santa looking for donors to make magic this year". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  4. ^ La Forte, Robert S. (February 2000), Hitchcock, Frank Harris (1867-1935), politician and postmaster general, Oxford University Press
  5. ^ "F. H. Hitchcock is Dead". The Kansas City Star. Tucson, Arizona. Associated Press. August 5, 1935. p. 4. Retrieved December 17, 2020 – via

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