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This Day in Georgia History

February 17, 1893

Rural Free Delivery Legislation

U.S. Representative Tom Watson secured an amendment to the appropriations bill for the U.S. Post Office Department requiring the Postmaster General to use a portion of the funds to experiment with delivering mail to residents outside incorporated towns and cities. This marked the beginning of Rural Free Delivery.

Image of Rural Free Delivery Legislation View large image
Source: Collection of Ed Jackson