West Virginia Statehood ~ 1863
Virginia decided to secede from the Union in 1861 the western part of
Virginia seceded, in turn, from Virginia in 1863. West Virginia was
created as a State created because of the Civil War.
Conference ~ 1863
Montgomery Blair (1813-1883), was Postmaster General from 1861 to
1864. He the first International Postal Conference at Paris in 1863,
the forerunner of the Universal Postal Union. Blair also inaugurated
George B. Armstrong's recommendation for a Railway Mail Service in
1862, and a Postal Money Order System in 1864.
New Jersey Colonization ~ 1664
In 1498 John Cabot sailed off the coast of New England and claimed
what is now New Jersey for England. In 1664 Lord John Berkeley and Sir
George Carteret, two of the Proprietors of the Province of Carolina,
received the lands between the Delaware and Hudson Rivers from the
Duke of York, to whom they had been granted by King Charles II.