Postmaster Brown and Southern Politicians

With the passage of this act, the matter went to Postmaster General Aaron V. Brown. Brown was a Tennesseean sympathetic with Buchanan’s policies, a leader in the councils of the Democrats, and a not unlikely aspirant for party leadership in the campaign of I860. He called Senators Rusk and Gwin into conference, consulted with the leaders of the Administration; and by April, 1857, rumors reported that he was set upon having a southern route.