Ida May Fuller, the first recipient
The first monthly payment was issued on January 31, 1940 to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont. In 1937, 1938 and 1939 she paid a total of $24.75 into the Social Security System. Her first check was for $22.54. After her second check, Fuller already had received more than she contributed over the three-year period. She lived to be 100 and collected a total of $22,888.92.
gee, i wonder why they don't pay those kind of payouts anymore.
gee, i wonder if FDR and the government KNEW payouts like this weren't going to last.
gee, i wonder if payouts like this were buying support for a corrupt program.