Cave Johnson
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Cave Johnson
Cave Johnson
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12th United States Postmaster General

March 6, 1845 - March 4, 1849
PresidentJames K. Polk
Charles A. Wickliffe
Jacob Collamer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 9th district

March 4, 1843 - March 3, 1845
Harvey Watterson
Lucien Chase
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 11th district

March 4, 1839 - March 3, 1843
Richard Cheatham
Milton Brown

March 4, 1833 - March 3, 1837
Constituency established
Richard Cheatham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th district

March 4, 1829 - March 3, 1833
John Hartwell Marable
David W. Dickinson
Personal details
Born(1793-01-11)January 11, 1793
Robertson County, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedNovember 23, 1866(1866-11-23) (aged 73)
Clarksville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Dortch Brunson
EducationCumberland University

Cave Johnson (January 11, 1793 – November 23, 1866) was for fourteen years a Democratic U.S. Congressman from Tennessee.


He acted as one of the campaign managers for presidential candidate James K. Polk at both the Democratic party convention and for the general election. After his victory Polk appointed him United States Postmaster General, a post in which he served from 1845-1849. He was born in Robertson County, Tennessee, and died in Clarksville, Tennessee.[1]

During his tenure as United States Postmaster General he shifted the department from a collect on delivery postage delivery system to a prepaid postal delivery system by introducing the postage stamp in 1847. He is also credited with introducing street corner mail boxes in urban areas. He later served as president of the Third Bank of Tennessee from 1854 to 1860.


  1. ^ John, Pinheiro. "Cave Johnson (1845-1849): Postmaster General". American President: An Online Reference Resource. University of Virginia. Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 2010.

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