That got us thinking about other federal employees (including, in this instance, postal workers), who have gone on to fame and fortune in different walks of life. Here are a few:
- Walt Whitman worked at several agencies, including the Army Paymaster's Office, the Treasury Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- Clara Barton was a clerk at the U.S. Patent Office. By this account, her hiring marked "the first time a woman had received a substantial clerkship in the federal government."
- Gerald Ford briefly worked as a park ranger at the National Park Service.
Now it's your turn: What other feds have gone on to bigger, if not necessarily better, things? To keep this manageable, let's restrict it to people who held rank-and-file federal positions, not high-level political appointees or those who have served in the military. (Although Theodore Roosevelt deserves an honorable mention for his pre-presidential appointment as head of the United States Civil Service Commission at the time the modern civil service was created). Burning Question is a recurring feature that looks at key issues and compelling stories being explored at other publications and social media sites.