Ida May Fuller

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray that was a huge "chunk of change' back then.... and I smile with ever social security check that shows up in my checking account every month..... medicare is a huge bonus too....

Feb 07, 2020 02:45 AM #1
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good for Ida May,  Women back then usually couldn't marry if they were teachers ( or career women). Without extended family she would have had no income except for savings she put aside during her working years. 

Feb 07, 2020 03:47 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Back when most did not live to receive their benefits, the rarity was the person who collected long term. Enjoy your day!

Feb 07, 2020 03:58 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Alway good to be the first and if you calculate the ROI it is fantastic.

Feb 07, 2020 04:25 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

For many Social Security was a plus until recently.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 07, 2020 04:55 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... of course, someone had to be first... I love that it was a woman and I loved reading this story.

Feb 07, 2020 05:01 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Being the first was a smart move on her part and she was able to live a better life because of that.

Feb 07, 2020 05:17 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - interesting to read that Ida May was "first" in line.  I had never known any of the details you have told us in this post.  

Feb 07, 2020 05:24 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I wonder if I will ever receive one of these checks?  I have heard that the money might run out before I am eligible, haha.

Feb 07, 2020 06:15 AM #9
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Ida May scored BIG James Dray . You would think that the founders of SS would have picked up from the very first claim that this was going to be a very expensive program and that they would need to find a way to fund it properly right off the bat.

Feb 07, 2020 06:36 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is an incredible story and an amazing lady as well.

Feb 07, 2020 06:49 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - that is trivia that is really worth reading!  I wonder if she knew that she was the first to get a check! 

Feb 07, 2020 07:45 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - yes, I had heard about that. The first person to receive Social Security.

Feb 07, 2020 08:32 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had not heard this story, and how wonderful that she benefitted until she died at 100.  A

Feb 07, 2020 09:32 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James= now that was very interesting. Have a wonderful weekend, 

Feb 07, 2020 01:08 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

FDR created Social Security back in 1935 and it has benefitted countless people in retirement and I enjoyed learning that Ida was the first. Have a nice weekend James!

Feb 07, 2020 02:26 PM #16
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for the history lesson.  I always enjoy learning about the firsts.

Feb 07, 2020 10:06 PM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

That's a mighty impressive ROI and a pretty cool first!

Have a great weekend!


Feb 08, 2020 02:06 PM #18
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