Advantages of a Long and Healthy Life
January 6, 2009
If you’re among the many worried about how Social Security will survive, with the onslaught of some 80 million baby boomers about to enter retirement, take a moment to step back in time with us.
Ida May Fuller was the first person to receive a Social Security payment. She was born on September 6, 1874 on a farm outside of Ludlow, Vermont. She was known as Aunt Ida to her friends and family. Ida May never married and had no children. She worked as a school teacher and as a legal secretary in Vermont.
Ida May Fuller retired in 1939 at the age of 65. By then she had worked under Social Security a little under three years paying a total of $24.75 into the system.
On November 4, 1939 she filed for benefits, and on January 31, 1940 Social Security check number 00-000-001 was issued to Ida May Fuller in the amount of $22.54.
She received monthly benefit checks until her death in 1975 at age 100. By then she had received $22,888.92 from Social Security. It pays to grow old and live a long, healthy life… at least it used to.
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