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Samuel D. Hubbard (1852–1853) - Postmaster General

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Samuel Dickinson Hubbard was born in 1799 in Middletown, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale College in 1819, studied the law, and was admitted to the state bar in 1820.

Hubbard established a law practice in Middletown, but an inheritance allowed him to switch his focus to business. He also became interested in politics and was elected as a Whig to the United States House of Representatives in 1844, serving until 1849.

In 1852, President Millard Fillmore tapped Hubbard to serve as postmaster general for the remaining six months of his administration. After leaving office in 1853, Hubbard devoted the rest of his life to serving educational and charitable organizations. Samuel Dickinson Hubbard died in 1855.

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Consulting Editor

Michael F. Holt

Professor Holt is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. His writings include:

The Civil War and Reconstruction (Co-authored with Jean H. Baker and David Herbert Donald, W.W. Norton, 2001)

The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 1999)

Political Parties and American Political Development from the age of Jackson to the age of Lincoln (Louisiana State University Press, 1992)