33¢ Claude Pepper
Distinguished Americans Series
Issue Date: September 7, 2000
City: Washington, DC
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Lithographed and engraved
Color: Red and black
An American politician for over 60 years, Claude Pepper (1900-1989) was a champion of causes important to the elderly. A graduate of the University of Alabama and Harvard University Law School, Pepper was elected to the Florida legislature in 1929. He sponsored a bill allowing senior citizens to fish without a license. As a Democratic Senator, Pepper supported Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. In 1962, he became a member of the House of Representatives, where he served until 1989. Pepper led a 1986 action that ended mandatory retirement in the federal government. He received the Medal of Freedom, the nation's top civilian award, five days before his death.