On 31 January 1940, Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont, received the first monthly retirement check from the Social Security Administration — in the amount of $22.54. Fuller had worked for three years under the Social Security program (which had been established by legislation in 1935). The accumulated taxes on her salary over those three years were $24.75. She lived to be 100 years old, collecting $22,888 in Social Security benefits.
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