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Rowland Hill (1795-1879)

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Sir Rowland Hill, Postmaster General

1795 Born at Kidderminster.

1837 Rowland Hill proposed a universal postal service in the UK based on prepayment of the items on a weight-basis and what eventually became adhesive stamps.

1840 With Hill's post office reform in 1837, this saw the introduction on the first penny stamps.

Became a fellow of the Royal Society.

1879 Died after being unwell for some time. [1]

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