This article lists people who have been featured on United States postage stamps. Since the United States Post Office issued its first stamp in 1847, over 4,000 stamps have been issued and over 800 people featured. Many of these people (especially the earlier Presidents) have been featured on multiple stamps. The following entries list the name of the person, the year they were first featured on a stamp, and a very short description of their notability.
For the purpose of this list, "featured" may mean:
This list is complete through all announced 2009 issues .
Also see List of United States airmail stamps
"We cannot put the face of a person on a stamp unless said person is deceased. My suggestion, therefore, is that you drop dead." -- J. Edward Day, Postmaster General, 1962. Day was replying to a request from an individual to be honored with a stamp. The letter was never mailed.