The title of World's Oldest man now belongs to former railroader Walter Breuning of Great Falls, Montana, who was born 9/21/1896. He is, however, only the 14th-oldest person in the world. Gertrude Baines of Shellman, Georgia, is the oldest living person in the world, born 4/6/1894, and is the daughter of a man born into slavery.
There are 77 verified people in the world who are over the age of 110.
The official longevity record, by the way, belongs to Jeanne Calment of France (2/21/1875-8/4/1997), who died at the age of 122.
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The story I like about Jeanne Calment is that she sold her apartment in a kind of reverse mortgage to a lawyer, wherein she would receive 2500 francs a month until her death, after which he'd get it. She entered that arrangement in 1965, at the age of 90. Because she ended up living 32 more years, the lawyer ended up paying her way more than the apartment was worth. In fact, he died in 1995, and his widow had to continue making the payments for the following two years until Calment died.
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