35 Million Social Security Cards Issued

1936

The U.S. Postal Service begins distributing applications for Social Security account numbers. The lowest number, 001-01-0001, goes to Grace Dorothy Owen of Concord, N.H. The first card, however, belonged to John David Sweeney, Jr., whose number is 055-09-0001. Over the next year, more than 35 million cards are issued.