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Federal Security Agency
Federal Security Agency

Logo of the Federal Security Agency, established in 1939, which administered Social Security pensions

Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman

The official White House portrait of former President Harry S. Truman

Johnson signs Medicare bill
Johnson signs Medicare bill

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare bill into law while former President Harry S. Truman looks on.

Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House

Nursing home
Nursing home

An old man in a Norwegian nursing home in 2012. Photo by Thomas Bjørkan.

Oscar Ewing
Oscar Ewing

Oscar Ewing, who administered the Federal Security Administration under President Truman, navigated the political intricacies of creating a national health insurance program for select groups of people.

Otto von Bismarck
Otto von Bismarck

Otto von Bismarck, chancellor of Germany from 1871 to 1890, initiated the first social insurance plan.

Social Security card
Social Security card

Social Security card of Clinton Lester Rooker (deceased), issued in 1943.