Jimmy Stewart gets a post office

More than 70 years after “Mr. Smith” first went to Washington, Congress is giving legendary actor Jimmy Stewart his due, in the form of a hometown post office.


The House will hold a suspension vote this week on a bill proposed by Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) to name a James M. “Jimmy” Stewart Post Office in the actor’s hometown of Indiana, Pa.

Stewart’s accomplishments go further toward deserving a post office than just his performances — he served in World War II and the Vietnam War, achieving the rank of major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Stewart was a lifelong Republican, and actively campaigned for Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, as well as donating to Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) for his 1996 presidential bid.

Stewart died in 1997.