Arago: Portraits


Photograph of Second Assistant Postmaster General Otto Praeger


Hailing from Texas, Otto Praeger, a third-generation German immigrant, was the Second Assistant Postmaster General who was responsible for government-operated service in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Praeger's background was actually in journalism, he worked for the San Antonio Express, before going to Washington, DC and reporting on affairs of the federal government to several Texas newspapers. He spent ten years as part of the Washington Press Corps.

In April of 1914, Praeger was appointed postmaster of Washington D. C. Praeger was a very devoted and efficient postmaster. Pleased with Praeger, Albert Burleson made Praeger Second Assistant Postmaster General on September 1, 1915.

As Second Assistant PMG, Praeger took up airmail as his crusade. He saw to the establishment of routes, and ruthlessly pursued expansionary policies. He had a comprehensive, nation-wide network of airmail routes within five years.

c. 1918
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Courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum

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