As part of his New Deal program, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration in 1935.
The agency was backed by the
Rural Electrification Act,
which officially became a law on
May 20, 1936.
The law benefitted our post-Depression economy through the creation of jobs, provided aid to rural farmers, and stimulated the manufacturing industry.
By 1939, the REA had established over 400 electric cooperatives, bringing electricity to 25% of rural households.
The NRECA has an AWESOME interactive map that shows the progression of electricity across the US from 1914 – 2010.
By 1953, over 90% of rural farms
in the United States had electricity.
– Morris L. Cooke, Electrifying the Countryside