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"Mr. Social Security" signs on this 3½x2 card
Signature: "Wilbur J. Cohen/Secretary of Health,/Education, and Welfare/1968-69". 3½x2 white card. Wilbur J. 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. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso (no show through). Fine condition.

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

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