Ida May Fuller was born on a farm near Ludlow, Vermont back in 1874. She attended school in Ludlow then in 1905 she worked as a school teacher before becoming a legal secretary. She spent most of her life in the Ludlow area.
She filed a claim for her retirement in 1939 dropping it by the Rutland Social Security Office. Her claim was taken the Claims Clerk, Elizabeth Corcoran Burke and transmitted to the Claims Division in Washington, D.C. for adjudication.
What you may not know about Ida is that she was the first person to receive a Social Security check. While she only paid $24.75 into the system she received a check for $22.54 for the remainder of her lifetime for a total of $22,888.92. Of course, living to be 100 helped her.
She died in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1975.
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