The first Social Security check in 1940 was for what amount?

Fun fact: The first Social Security check was issued 77 years ago, in 1940. How much was it for? – Find out in our latest infographic.


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In 1940...
  • Franklin Roosevelt won a third term as president,
  • Disney's "Pinocchio" charmed moviegoers,
  • A loaf of bread cost 8¢,
  • "I'll Never Smile Again" became Billboard's first No. 1 single,
and the first monthly Social Security check - for $22.54 - was issues to newly retired legal secretary Ida May Fuller. While employed, Fuller paid $25 into the Social Security program. By the time she died in 1975 at the age of 100, she had collected $23,000 in benefits.
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