Frank Harris Hitchcock

Frank Harris Hitchcock ( born October 5, 1867 in Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio; † August 25, 1935 in Tucson, Arizona ) was an American politician ( Republican) of the Office in the cabinet of U.S. President William Howard Taft of the Postmaster held.


After graduating from Harvard University in 1891, Hitchcock went to Washington, where he entered Government service and worked first for finance and later for the Department of Agriculture. In 1895 he finished at Columbia University to study law as a bachelor and master and was admitted to the Bar Association. In 1903 he took over the post of Chief Clerk in the trade and labor ministry.


His first higher political office held Hitchcock in 1904 as deputy secretary of the Republican National Committee. From 1905 to 1908 he was deputy in the Roosevelt administration Postmaster General. In advance of the presidential election in 1908, he led the campaign of William Howard Taft, who brought in his cabinet after the victorious outcome Hitchcock as Postmaster General. In the same year he became chairman of the Republican National Committee, a position he held until 1909.

During his four -year tenure as Postmaster General, he acquired primarily for his introduction of airmail lasting service; and the Postal Savings System, a post office savings bank, he called into being. This was also due to his desire to reform the postal service in the U.S. and absorb losses from previous years that had been created by the delivery of newspapers and magazines. Moreover, Hitchcock authorized local postmasters to promote, in cooperation with local charities letters from children to Santa Claus. His commitment to the airmail led to his admission to the Air Corps of the U.S. Army, where he rose to the Colonel.

Another Journey

With the electoral defeat of President Taft in the presidential election in 1912 also Hitchcock resigned from the government. He also served for four years later, the unsuccessful campaign of the Republican candidate Charles Evans Hughes against incumbent Woodrow Wilson. In the next two presidential elections, he was responsible for the campaigns of Leonard Wood (1920 ) and Hiram Johnson ( 1924) who failed each already in the Republican primary.

In 1928, Frank Hitchcock Tucson Citizen newspaper, whose editor he was. Between 1923 and 1933 he represented Arizona again in the Republican National Committee.