Walter Breuning (September 21, 1896 – April 14, 2011) was an American supercentenarian and a retired railroader. He was the last known surviving man who was born in 1896. Breuning is the oldest American-born man ever. He was the last remaining verified American man born in the 19th century. At the time of his death, Breuning was the third oldest man ever, and one of the 50 oldest people ever. He remains one of only six verified and undisputed men to have reached the age of 114. He was a colorectal cancer survivor.
Breuning was born on September 21, 1896 in Melrose, Minnesota. Breuning was married to Agnes C. Breuning (née Twokey) from 1922 until her death in 1957. Lastly he married Margaret Breuning (née Vanest) from 1958 until her death in 1975. Breuning died on April 14, 2011 in hospital in Great Falls, Montana from natural causes after suffering pneumonia and an unknown illness. He was 114 years and 205 days old. Breuning is survived by his niece, 3 nephews, and a great niece and nephews.
- Tribune Staff (April 15, 2011). "Rest in Peace, Walter Breuning, World's Oldest Living Man". Great Falls Tribune. http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/breuning2/main.html. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
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- Validated Living Supercentenarians
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- Great Falls Tribune's Breuning home page, with interactive timeline, photos, video, articles, links
- Walter Breuning interviewed on KRTV and on CBS
- Video of Walter reflecting on being one of the oldest male U.S. citizens
- Great Falls' Walter Breuning, one of world's oldest men, turns 111
- Report on Walter's 112th Birthday
- News Hour with Jim Lehrer interview with Walter Breuning