Jesse M. Donaldson

Jesse Monroe Donaldson (* August 16, 1885 in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois, † March 25, 1970 in Kansas City, Missouri) was an American politician, who from 1947 to 1953 as U.S. Postmaster General under President Harry S. Truman officiated.

Donaldson joined in 1908 as a letter carrier in the services of the U.S. Postal Service. He went on as a civil servant, brought it first to the postal inspector, and later to senior positions in the postal administrations of Tennessee, Oklahoma and Missouri.

In 1945 he became a member of the General Truman administration as deputy postmaster. His supervisor was Robert E. Hannegan, who showed with increasing tenure less interest in his duties, so Donaldson always had represented him in cabinet meetings and finally as acting Minister ( acting ) was considered. As Hannegan finally resigned in 1947, Donaldson was appointed as surprising as his successor by the President. Until that time, it had been common practice to occupy the office of the Postmaster General with a leader of the ruling party; Donaldson was the first career civil servants, who headed the Ministry of Postal Services.

During his term of office lasting until 1953, the new minister is made ​​to the authority earned by undertook modernization measures and provided for faster execution of the services. He died in 1970 in Kansas City.