Social Security Board Members

Arthur J. Altmeyer
Member 1935-1937, Chairman 1937-1946

Art Altmeyer

Arthur J. Altmeyer
(1891 - 1972)

Arthur Altmeyer was born in De Pere, Wisconsin, attending the University of Wisconsin where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, doctor of philosophy and honorary doctor of laws degrees. He was a high school teacher and principal before serving as an economist and statistician in Wisconsin. In 1934, he was named Chairman of the Technical Board appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt’s Committee on Economic Security, which drafted the original Social Security legislation. Next, he became a member and then Chairman of the Social Security Board, a position he held until 1946 when he became the Social Security Administration’s first Commissioner. In 1953 Dr. Altmeyer retired from Federal service and returned to Wisconsin to lecture, write, and serve as advisor to various labor groups and pension organizations.

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