Abraham Epstein


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(1892–1942) Abraham Epstein, a Russian immigrant who came to the United States in 1910, was a leader in the post-World War I movement for passage of social security legislation. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Epstein was research director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Old Age Pensions (1918–1927) and helped draft Pennsylvania's first old age pension bill. During this time he also organized and served as secretary-treasurer of the Workers Education Bureau of America. In 1927 he founded the American Association for Old Age Security (later the American Association for Social Security). As its executive secretary, he was instrumental in building public support for the subsequent passage of social security legislation.


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