The First Social Security Check


In Ludlow, Vermont, on Wednesday, January 31, 1940, Ida May Fuller (above) became the first American citizen to receive a Social Security check.  Between the years 1937 and 1939, she contributed $24.75.  Her check was for $22.54.  By the time she died in 1975, she had collected $22,888.92 in Social Security monthly benefits.

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