Lots of postal employees went on to bigger and better things: acting, singing, writing, inventing, flying and politicking. The list of famous postal employees features U.S. presidents, TV and movie stars, famous authors and a man who made the first solo transatlantic airplane flight.
Here's a list of some of the most famous postal employees.
1. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, served as a postmaster in New Salem, Ill. According to the Postal Service historian, Lincoln was appointed postmaster in 1833, when he was just 24. He served in that capacity for about three years, until May of 1836.
According to the United States Official Register, published in odd-numbered years, Lincoln was paid $55.70 in 1835. Mail arrived once a week, and when addressees did not collect their mail at the post office, Lincoln was known to deliver it personally.
2. Charles Lindbergh
3. Knute Rockne
4. Rock Hudson
American screen actor Rock Hudson, who appeared in films Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers, worked as a letter carrier in Winnetka, Ill.
5. Sherman Hemsley
Sherman Hemsley, a popular television actor whose most famous role was that of George Jefferson in The Jeffersons, worked as a Postal Service clerk in both Philadelphia and New York.
6. William Faulkner
7. Benjamin Franklin
Inventor and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin served as the first postmaster general of the United States. Franklin reportedly contributed the money he earned as a postal employee to wounded soldiers of the Revolution.
8. Walt Disney
Walt Disney, one of the most famous motion picture producers and entertainers in the world, worked as a substitute Postal Service carrier in Chicago.
9. Bing Crosby
Singer, actor and songwriter Bing Crosby worked as a Postal Service clerk in Spokane, Wash.
10. Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, worked as postmaster in Grandview, Mo. While he held the position officially, he did not actually serve as postmaster, according to the Postal Service historian. Instead, he turned the position and its pay over to a widow, Ella Hall, who needed the money.