Christian Mortensen

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Thomas Peter Thorvald Kristian Ferdinand Mortensen (August 16, 1882 – April 25, 1998), known as an adult as Christian Mortensen, was a Danish-born American supercentenarian who lived to age 115 years and 252 days.[1] He is the oldest man ever who was born in Europe as well as the oldest white man ever.[2]

After Shigechiyo Izumi's age record was debunked and removed by the Guinness World Records in late 2000s, he considered as "the oldest validated man ever". Mortensen's male human longevity record stood for close to 15 years before being surpassed in age by Jiroemon Kimura of Japan in December 2012. Due to the fact that he moved from his native Denmark to the United States in his early 20s, he was the oldest known emigrant until Italian-American woman Dina Manfredini narrowly outlived him by just 5 days in December 2012, only 2 weeks before Jiroemon Kimura would break his male longevity record.

Mortensen was baptised in Fruering Church on December 26, 1882.[3] Besides his baptismal record, other records include the 1890 and 1901 census enumerations in Denmark, and church confirmation in 1896.[4] He was the world's oldest validated living man between January 20, 1994 and April 25, 1998.[2]

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  1. New York Times, "Christian Mortensen, 115, Among Oldest," 1998-05-03. Accessed 2007-02-16
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Table M - World's Oldest Men (WOM) Titleholders Since 1973". Revision #8. Gerontology Research Group. 10 April 2018. Archived from the original on 27 February 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  3. Christian Mortensen's birth record (see image) shows his birthplace as the village of Skårup, Denmark, which was in Sogn Fruering parish, Herred Hjelmslev Hundred, Skanderborg County, which is now part of Skanderborg municipality.
  4. Wilmoth, John; Axel Skytthe; Diana Friou; Bernard Jeune (1996). "The Oldest Man Ever? A Case Study of Exceptional Longevity" (PDF). The Gerontologist. 36 (6): 783–788. doi:10.1093/geront/36.6.783. PMID 8990590. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
Preceded by
Frederick Frazier
Oldest undisputed man ever
2 January 1996 - 28 December 2012
Succeeded by
Jiroemon Kimura
Preceded by
Mathew Beard
Oldest validated man ever
26 March 1997 - 28 December 2012
Succeeded by
Jiroemon Kimura
Preceded by
Shigechiyo Izumi
Oldest recognized man ever
c.2010 - 28 December 2012
Succeeded by
Jiroemon Kimura
Preceded by
Josep Armengol Jover
World's oldest living man
January 20, 1994 - April 25, 1998
Succeeded by
Johnson Parks