FDR sent out thousands of these notes during the run-up to Social Security. Technically it's a form letter, but it's hand-signed and very well preserved, which contributes significantly to the value.



  • Fact 1: FDR wrote this letter in order to muster up support for Social Security, which went on to become one of his longest lasting contributions as President.
  • Fact 2: The common name "Social Security" actually refers to the Federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program.
  • Fact 3: The first Social Security payment was to Ernest Ackerman, who retired the day after Social Security was implemented. He received seventeen cents.
  • Fact 4: FDR was the first president to speak on television, the first president to fly in an airplane, and the first president whose mother was allowed to vote for him.
  • Fact 5: In 1959, nearly 35% of all elderly citizens in the United States lived in poverty. Now, thanks in large part to Social Security, that number is closer to 10%.

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