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Altmeyer, Arthur Josephlocked

(08 May 1891–17 October 1972)
  • W. Andrew Achenbaum


Altmeyer, Arthur Joseph (08 May 1891–17 October 1972), first Social Security commissioner, was born in De Pere, Wisconsin, the son of John G. Altmeyer and Carrie Smith. While sorting mail as an office boy in his uncle’s law firm, Altmeyer came across a pamphlet describing Wisconsin’s landmark Workmen’s Compensation Act, the first of its kind legislated in this country. In retrospect, Altmeyer claimed that this incident sparked his lifelong interest in social welfare and labor legislation. On entering the University of Wisconsin, he took courses from ...

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