List of American supercentenarians

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American supercentenarians are citizens or residents of the United States who have reached or passed 110 years of age. Currently, the GRG lists the oldest living American as Bessie Hendricks, born November 7, 1907. The longest-lived person ever from the United States was Sarah Knauss, of Hollywood, Pennsylvania, who died on December 30, 1999, aged 119 years, 97 days.[1][2]

Oldest known Americans (aged 114+)[change | change source]

Below is a list of longest lived American over 114-years-old according to the GRG.[3][4]

  Deceased   Living[5]   Disputed

Rank Name Sex Birth date Death date Age Birthplace Place of death
or residence
01 Sarah Knauss[3] F September 24, 1880 December 30, 1999 119 years, 97 days Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
02 Susannah Mushatt Jones[4] F July 6, 1899 May 12, 2016 116 years, 311 days Alabama New York
03 Gertrude Weaver[4] F July 4, 1898 April 6, 2015 116 years, 276 days Arkansas Arkansas
04 Elizabeth Bolden[3] F August 15, 1890 December 11, 2006 116 years, 118 days Tennessee Tennessee
05 Besse Cooper[4] F August 26, 1896 December 4, 2012 116 years, 100 days Tennessee Georgia
06 Jeralean Talley[4] F May 23, 1899 June 17, 2015 116 years, 25 days Georgia Michigan
07 Maggie Barnes[3][a] F March 6, 1882 January 19, 1998 115 years, 319 days North Carolina North Carolina
08 Dina Manfredini[4] F April 4, 1897 December 17, 2012 115 years, 257 days Italy Iowa
09 Christian Mortensen[3] M August 16, 1882 April 25, 1998 115 years, 252 days Denmark California
10 Hester Ford[4][6] F August 15, 1905 April 17, 2021 115 years, 245 days South Carolina North Carolina
11 Edna Parker[4] F April 20, 1893 November 26, 2008 115 years, 220 days Indiana Indiana
12 María Brañas Morera[5] F March 4, 1907 Living 115 years, 205 days California Spain
13 Margaret Skeete[3] F October 27, 1878 May 7, 1994 115 years, 192 days Texas Virginia
14 Bernice Madigan[4] F July 24, 1899 January 3, 2015 115 years, 163 days Massachusetts Massachusetts
15 Gertrude Baines[4] F April 6, 1894 September 11, 2009 115 years, 158 days Georgia California
16 Bettie Wilson[3] F September 13, 1890 February 13, 2006 115 years, 153 days Mississippi Mississippi
17 Iris Westman[4] F August 28, 1905 January 3, 2021[7] 115 years, 128 days North Dakota North Dakota
18 Marie Josephine Gaudette F March 25, 1902 July 13, 2017 115 years, 110 days New Hampshire Italy
19 Susie Gibson[3] F October 31, 1890 February 16, 2006 115 years, 108 days Mississippi Alabama
Thelma Sutcliffe[4] F October 1, 1906 January 17, 2022[8] Nebraska Nebraska
21 Augusta Holtz[4] F August 3, 1871 October 21, 1986 115 years, 79 days Prussia[b] Missouri
22 Maude Farris-Luse[3] F January 21, 1887 March 18, 2002 115 years, 56 days Michigan Michigan
23 Antonia Gerena Rivera[4] F May 19, 1900 June 2, 2015 115 years, 14 days Puerto Rico[c] Florida
24 Mary Bidwell[3] F May 19, 1881 April 25, 1996 114 years, 342 days Connecticut Connecticut
25 Bessie Hendricks[5] F November 7, 1907 Living 114 years, 322 days Iowa Iowa
26 Mary Josephine Ray[4] F May 17, 1895 March 7, 2010 114 years, 294 days Canada New Hampshire
27 Goldie Steinberg[4] F October 30, 1900 August 16, 2015 114 years, 290 days Moldova[d] New York
28 Delphine Gibson[4] F August 17, 1903 May 9, 2018 114 years, 265 days South Carolina Pennsylvania
29 Neva Morris[4] F August 3, 1895 April 6, 2010 114 years, 246 days Iowa Iowa
30 Blanche Cobb[4] F September 8, 1900 May 1, 2015 114 years, 235 days Georgia Florida
31 Edith Ceccarelli[5][10] F February 5, 1908 Living 114 years, 232 days California California
32 Mila Mangold[5] F November 14, 1907 July 2, 2022 114 years, 230 days Nebraska California
33 Mathew Beard[3] M July 9, 1870 February 16, 1985 114 years, 222 days Virginia Florida
34 Carrie Lazenby[3] F February 9, 1882 September 14, 1996 114 years, 218 days Georgia Illinois
35 Myrtle Dorsey[3] F November 22, 1885 June 25, 2000 114 years, 216 days Ohio Ohio
36 Walter Breuning[4] M September 21, 1896 April 14, 2011 114 years, 205 days Minnesota Montana
37 Eunice Sanborn[4] F July 20, 1896 January 31, 2011 114 years, 195 days Louisiana Texas
38 Grace Clawson[3] F November 15, 1887 May 28, 2002 114 years, 194 days United Kingdom New York
39 Wilhelmina Kott[3] F March 7, 1880 September 6, 1994 114 years, 183 days Illinois Illinois
Adelina Domingues[3] F February 19, 1888 August 21, 2002 Cape Verde[e] California
40 Lucy Mirigian[4] F August 15, 1906 February 12, 2021 114 years, 181 days Armenia[f] California
41 Charlotte Benkner[3] F November 16, 1889 May 14, 2004 114 years, 180 days Germany Ohio
42 Ettie Mae Greene[3] F September 8, 1877 February 26, 1992 114 years, 171 days West Virginia West Virginia
43 Dominga Velasco[4] F May 12, 1901 October 11, 2015 114 years, 152 days Mexico California
44 Irene Frank[3] F October 1, 1881 February 28, 1996 114 years, 150 days Texas Missouri
45 Olivia Patricia Thomas[4] F June 29, 1895 November 16, 2009 114 years, 140 days Iowa New York
Alelia Murphy[4] F July 6, 1905 November 23, 2019 North Carolina New York
47 Irene Dunham[5] F December 16, 1907 May 1, 2022 114 years, 136 days Michigan Michigan
48 Anna Henderson[4] F March 5, 1900 July 1, 2014 114 years, 118 days Georgia Pennsylvania
49 Emma Verona Johnston[3] F August 6, 1890 December 1, 2004 114 years, 117 days Iowa Ohio
Mamie Rearden[3] F September 7, 1898 January 2, 2013 South Carolina Georgia
Erna Zahn[5] F April 14, 1908 August 9, 2022 Wisconsin Minnesota
52 Bettie Chatmon[3] F April 30, 1884 August 16, 1998 114 years, 108 days Louisiana Texas
Lessie Brown[4] F September 22, 1904 January 8, 2019 Georgia Ohio
54 Odie Matthews[3] F December 28, 1878 April 14, 1993 114 years, 107 days Texas Arizona
55 Hazel Plummer[5] F June 19, 1908 Living 114 years, 98 days Massachusetts Massachusetts
56 Florence Knapp[3] F October 10, 1873 January 11, 1988 114 years, 93 days Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Elena Slough[3] F July 4, 1889 October 5, 2003 Pennsylvania New Jersey
58 Mary Anna Boone[3] F February 10, 1887 May 13, 2001 114 years, 92 days Kentucky Kentucky
59 Minnie Whicker[4] F July 24, 1906 October 22, 2020 114 years, 90 days Arkansas California
60 Delma Kollar[4] F October 31, 1897 January 24, 2012 114 years, 85 days Kansas Oregon
61 Ila Jones[4] F August 21, 1903 November 10, 2017 114 years, 81 days Georgia Georgia
62 Maggie Renfro[4] F November 14, 1895 January 22, 2010 114 years, 69 days Louisiana Louisiana
63 Emma Tillman[3] F November 22, 1892 January 28, 2007 114 years, 67 days North Carolina Connecticut
Anna Stoehr[4] F October 15, 1900 December 21, 2014 Iowa Minnesota
65 Leila Denmark[4] F February 1, 1898 April 1, 2012 114 years, 60 days Georgia Georgia
66 Adele Dunlap[4] F December 12, 1902 February 5, 2017 114 years, 55 days New Jersey New Jersey
67 Naomi Conner[4] F August 30, 1899 October 18, 2013 114 years, 49 days Texas[11] Texas
Ora Holland[4] F December 24, 1900 February 11, 2015 Missouri Oklahoma
69 Ellen Goodwill[4] F February 2, 1907 March 2, 2021[12] 114 years, 28 days Kentucky Michigan
70 Grace Thaxton[3] F June 18, 1891 July 6, 2005 114 years, 18 days New York Kentucky
71 Soledad Mexia[4] F August 13, 1899 August 30, 2013 114 years, 17 days Mexico California
72 Minnie Ward[3] F November 19, 1885 December 2, 1999 114 years, 13 days Tennessee Massachusetts
73 Arbella Ewing[4] F March 13, 1894 March 22, 2008 114 years, 9 days Texas Texas
74 Catherine Hagel[4] F November 28, 1894 December 6, 2008 114 years, 8 days Minnesota Minnesota

References[change | change source]

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  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 Wikkerink, Marco; Kroczek, Wacław Jan (January 1, 2015). "GRG Database by Nation". Gerontology Research Group. Archived from the original on April 9, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Epstein, Louis; Young, Robert; Adams, Johnny; Muir, Mark (October 27, 2020). "GRG World Supercentenarian Rankings List – Validated Living Supercentenarians". GRG. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
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  10. Chris Smith (5 February 2022). "Admirers celebrate 114th birthday of Willits woman, 12th oldest living person". pressdemocrat.com. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
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  12. Buckley, Nick (March 5, 2021). "Battle Creek's Ellen Goodwill, Michigan's oldest resident, dies at 114". Battle Creek Enquirer. Retrieved March 7, 2021.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. May have been older (116 or even 117); possibly born in 1881 or even 1880
  2. Holtz was born in the Province of Posen, which was a part of the German Empire at the time of her birth. Today, this area is a part of Poland.
  3. Residents of Puerto Rico born on or after 25 April 1898 are United States citizens.[9]
  4. Steinberg was born in Kishinev, which had then been a part of the Russian Empire. It is now the capital of Moldova.
  5. Domingues was born in Cape Verde, which was at that time a Portuguese colony. Now it is an independent country.
  6. Mirigian was born in Armenia, then part of the Ottoman Empire.

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