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Joseph Habersham

Joseph Habersham
3rd United States Postmaster General
In office
February 25, 1795 – November 28, 1801
President George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Preceded by Timothy Pickering
Succeeded by Gideon Granger
Personal details
Born July 28, 1751
Died November 17, 1815(1815-11-17) (aged 64)
Alma mater Princeton University
Profession Businessman, Politician, Soldier, planter
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Militia
Continental Army
Rank Major
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War
Historical marker at Joseph Habersham's summer home, Clarkesville, Georgia

Joseph Habersham (July 28, 1751 – November 17, 1815) was an Continental Army, and Postmaster General of the United States.

Born in James Habersham and Mary Bolton, he attended preparatory schools and Princeton College and became successful merchant and planter.

He was a member of the Lachlan McIntosh's second in the controversial duel that killed Button Gwinnett.

He and his brothers, James Jr. and U.S. Constitution.[2]

He served as mayor of Savannah from 1792 to 1793 and then was appointed Postmaster General by Thomas Jefferson's administration in 1801. When Habersham created the office of first assistant postmaster-general in 1799, Abraham Bradley, Jr. was appointed to the office. In 1802, Bradley named one of his sons, Joseph Habersham Bradley (later a notable Washington, D.C. attorney), after his former superior.[3]

Habersham died in 1815. Habersham County[4] in Northeast Georgia, from its creation in 1818, is named in his honor, along with numerous sites and streets throughout the state.

Joseph Habersham was also a Savannah Freemason. He is recorded as a masonic member of

Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Gibbons
Mayor of Savannah
Succeeded by
William Stephens
Preceded by
United States Postmaster General
Served under: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson

1795 – 1801
Succeeded by
Gideon Granger

External links

  1. ^ Mark Boatner, Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, 2nd ed., p. 474. Joseph Habersham's entry the in American National Biography makes no mention of service in the Confederation Congress.
  2. ^ Frances Harrold, "Habersham, Joseph"; American National Biography Online, February 2000.
  3. ^ Bradley, Charles S.;  
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 146. 
  5. ^ Freemasonry and United States Government, Chapter 4, By James Davis Carter, Committee on Masonic education and service, for the Grand Lodge of Texas


Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. at Savannah was founded by renowned statesman, philanthropist and Freemason James Edward Oglethorpe on February 21, 1734. Joseph Habersham's father James Habersham, both of his brothers, and his noted descendant, the Savannah Painter, Richard West Habersham (the intimate friend of Samuel F. B. Morse inventor of the telegraph) were all Freemasons and members of Solomon's Lodge. [5]

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