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Wilbur J. Cohen, "Mr. Social Security", signs autograph in 1966
Signature: "Wilbur J. Cohen/May 16, 1966", 3¾x3¾ paper affixed to 6¾x9¼ sheet, with newspaper clipping affixed to both - three surfaces. Wilbur Cohen (1913-1987) was an important player in the design of American social insurance legislation from the New Deal to the Great Society. As an employee of the new Social Security Administration (1934), Cohen helped shape that institution. He influenced the Eisenhower administration, the first post-New Deal Republican, to continue support for the system. In the Johnson and Kennedy years, he was a planner at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, rising to Secretary of the Department (1968-1969). He also played a major role in the design of Medicare, adopted in 1965. Large sheet ragged at left edge from removal from book. Ink note (unknown hand) at lower right. Green stain on smaller paper at upper right. Light show through of printing on verso of smaller paper.

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Born: June 10, 1913 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died: May 17, 1987 in Seoul, South Korea

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