The Oldest Man in the World

Walter Breuning, born September 21, 1896. *
July 18, 2009 -
112 years 300 days -

Walter Breuning is from Great Falls, Montana, U.S.A. He was a railroader.

Henry Allingham, born June 6, 1896. *
June 19, 2009 - July 18, 2009.
113 years 13 days - 113 years 42 days.

Oldest living World War I veteran since February 8, 2007.

Oldest man in Europe since November 10, 2006.

Henry was born in Clapton, County of London. He is a World War I veteran. His father died when he was 3 years old.

He was able to walk at age 110.

Tomoji Tanabe, born September 18, 1895. *
January 24, 2007 - June 19, 2009.
111 years 128 days - 113 years 274 days.

Oldest in Japan since June 12, 2006.

September 12, 2008.

112th birthday - September (18?) 2007.

June 2007, age 111.

Tomojji was born in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. He worked as a civil engineer in the city office. He drinks milk daily, his meals consists mostly of vegetables, and his favorite food is fried shrimp. He does not smoke or drink. At his 112th birthday, he walks around outside on his own everyday. He is 4 foot 9.

When he was crowned the oldest man in the world, he said he did not want to die. On his 112th birthday, he said he would like to live forever / he does not want to die. On his 113th birthday, he said he would like to live for 10 more years.

Tomoji gets up at 5:30 a.m. everyday and reads the newspapers before breakfast.

Emiliano Mercado del Toro, born August 21, 1891. **
Oldest man in world, November 19, 2004 - January 24, 2007 [796 days].
113 years 90 days - 115 years 156 days [12th oldest person - oldest].

Oldest person in world, December 11, 2006 - January 24, 2007 [44 days].
115 years 112 days - 115 years 156 days.

Emiliano was born in Cabo Rojo, Puero Rico. He never married nor had any kids! He is a World War I veteran! He worked in the cane fields until he was 81. He had a fall in his home at age 102 which affected his hipbone. He liked to eat funche, a boiled corn, codfish, and milk cream-like dish which he ate everyday. The dancer, singer, and entertainer Iris Chacon, attended his 114th and 115th birthday (as Emiliano was her fan).

Emiliano could reminisce about being a child when U.S. troops invaded Puerto Rico in 1898, and he clearly remembered the fighting that marked the end of Spain's colonial empire in the Americas.

Fred Harold Hale, born December 1, 1890. *
March 5, 2004 - November 19, 2004 [259 days].
113 years 95 days - 113 years 355 days [13th oldest - 10th oldest].

Oldest man in the United States, since February 24, 2003.

Fred was born in New Sharon, Maine. He was the oldest licensed driver in the U.S. at 108. He outlived his wife of course and 3 of his 5 children. He liked to eat bee pollen and honey he ate everyday, along with an occasional nip of whiskey. He died of pneumonia.

Joan Riudavets Moll, born December 15, 1889. *
September 28, 2003 - March 5, 2004 [159 days].
113 years 287 days - 114 years 81 days [7th oldest - 4th oldest].

Oldest person in Spain, since February 15 2002.

Oldest man in Spain, since November 22, 1999.

Joan was from Menorca, Spain. Joan has the unofficial record for the oldest biker, being able to bike at 110. He worked as a cobbler before retiring in 1954. He had an eye operation at age 108 for cataracts. He apparently had almost 12 hours of sleep, going to bed at past midnight and waking up before noon (old age).

Joan's mother died in December 1889, the same month he was born, setting him the unofficial record of years outliving one's parent (114).

Yukichi Chuganji, born March 23, 1889. *
January 3, 2002 - September 28, 2003 8:50 P.M. [633 days].
112 years 286 days - 114 years 189 days [12th oldest - 2nd oldest].

At or before January 31, 2002.

Yukichi died in Ogoori City. He was given apple juice around 6 P.M. before he died. He drank milk every day. He was 33 days away from becoming the oldest person in the world.

Antonio Todde, born January 22, 1889. *
March 1, 2001 - January 3, 2002 [308 days].
112 years 38 days - 112 years 346 days [21st oldest - 9th oldest].

Oldest person in Italy, since July 16, 1998.

Oldest man in Italy, since August 28, 1998.

Antonio was born in the village of Tiana, in the Nuoro province of Sardinia, where it is known for its high centenarian density. He was the 3rd of 12 children. His father lived to 90, and his mother died from the poison of a rotten cheese at 99. One of his sister lived to 100. He had 4 daughters and a son. Antonio is also a World War I veteran, being wounded in the battle of Mount Grappa.

Antonio loved to eat paste and soup. He had some pork or lamb everyday plus a glass and a half of home-made red wine.

John Painter, born September 20, 1888. *
November 15, 1999 - March 1, 2001 [472 days].
111 years 56 days - 112 years 162 days [36th oldest - 15th oldest].

Oldest man in the United States, since December 25, 1998.

John is from Tennessee. At the time of his death, he was posthumously recognized as the oldest American veteran, which was from the U.S.A.'s Social Security Administration study. He is a veteran of Battery D, 115th Artillery Battalion.

The case of John Painter was accepted on June 9, 2003.

Antonio Urrea-Hernandez, born February 16, 1888. *
April 29, 1999 - November 15, 1999 [200 days].
111 years 72 days - 111 years 272 days [30th oldest - 24th oldest].

Oldest man in Spain, since January 26, 1994.

Antonio is actually a new oldest man in the world, being added in December 7, 2005, so his entire reign of being the oldest man in the world previously went to John Painter. He didn't take anyone's title, just shortened John Painter's duration of oldest man in the world (by 200 days). Therefore, Antonio did not win a Guinness award at the time before his death.

Antonio was born in Mazarron, Murcia. He spent most of his life in Barcelona. He was married for 81 years before his wife died when she was 101. They are the Spanish recordholders for the longest marriage.

Denzo Ishisaki, born October 20, 1886. *
December 25, 1998 - April 29, 1999 [125 days].
112 years 191 days [12th oldest - 9th oldest].

Walter Richardson, born November 7, 1885. *
July 17, 1998 - December 25, 1998 [161 days].
112 years 252 days - 113 years 48 days [9th oldest - 4th oldest].

Oldest man in the United States, since July 17, 1998.

Johnson Parks, born October 15, 1884. *
April 25, 1998 - July 17, 1998 [83 days].
113 years 192 days - 113 years 275 days [7th oldest - 5th oldest].

The cases of Walter Richardson and Johnson Parks were accepted on August 10, 2002.

Christian Mortensen, born August 16, 1882. *
June 14, 1993 - April 25, 1998 [1,776 days].
110 years 302 days - 115 years 252 days [28th oldest - 2nd oldest].

Thomas Peter Thorvald Kristian Ferdinand Mortensen was born in Skaarup, Denmark. He was baptized in Fruering Church on that December 26. He emigrated to the United States in 1903. He was only briefly married (85 years ago from his death) and never had kids. He moved into a retirement community in California in 1978. He was 5 foot 3.5.

After the 122 year old Jeanne Calment died in August 1997, he expected to get the Guinness "oldest person" title, but on August 14th Guinness named Marie-Louise Meilleur of Canada, age 116, the "world's oldest person." Mr. Mortensen, angered, said they "just did that to spoil my birthday" (he turned 115 only two days after). When Marie-Louise Meilleur died at 117, when he found out Guinness awarded Sarah Knauss the title, 117, and only 26 days younger than Meilleur, he said "C'est la vie." In any case, Guinness should have given him the title of "oldest living man", a category they did not implement until mid-2000.. Sarah Knauss, 117, outlived him of course, as she lived to 119.

Chris always preferred the vegetarian diet, and said the key to longevity is to "Live a good, clean life."

August 5, 1997.

August 16, 1995 - 113th birthday

Frederick Frazier, born January 27, 1880. *
October 16, 1991 - June 14, 1993 [607 days].
111 years 262 days - 113 days 138 days [16th oldest - 4th oldest].

Oldest man in the United States, since October 16, 1991.

James Wiggins, born October 15, 1879. *
June 18, 1990 - October 16, 1991 [485 days].
110 years 246 days - 112 years 1 day [18th oldest - 13th oldest].

The cases of Frederick Frazier and James Wiggins, as well was Joe Thomas, were accepted on July 12, 2002.

Henri Perignon, born October 14, 1879. *
June 10, 1990 - June 18, 1990 [8 days].
110 years 239 - 110 years 247 days [18th oldest - 18th oldest].

Henri Perignon wasn't validated until 2002.

John Evans, born August 19, 1877. *
November 25, 1988 - June 10, 1990 [562 days].
111 years 98 days - 112 years 295 days [12th oldest - 5th oldest].

When asked what John's favorite food was as a boy, bread and lard with a sprinkling of salt. John's youth was dominated by rugby, singing, and chapel. John worked the life as a coal miner. John started work at Garngoch Colliery near Gorseinon in South Wales in 1889, at the age of 12 and retired reluctantly in 1949.

In 60 years of mining, he was hurt only once when a splinter in his finger caused blood poisoning. He first visited hospital at the age of 96 and was fitted with a pacemaker at 108.

At 108.

Alphaeus Philemon Cole, born July 12, 1876. *
January 5, 1987 - November 25, 1988 [690 days].
110 years 177 days - 112 years 136 days [16th oldest - 6th oldest].

Oldest man in the United States, since December 14, 1986.

Alphaeus was born in New Jersey. He was an artist, engraver, and etcher. He had his works displayed at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, in 1901. This was on the occasion in which President McKinley was assassinated. He contributed several drawings in Encyclopaedia Britannica. Prices for Cole's works reach $5,000 or more.

Herman Smith-Johannsen, born June 15, 1875. *
December 14, 1986 - January 5, 1987 [22 days].
111 years 182 days - 111 years 204 days [8th oldest - 8th oldest].

Herman was born near Oslo, Norway. He was a Norwegian-Canadian who gained widespread recognition for being one of the first people to introduce the sport of cross-county skiing to North America, and attained legendary status in Canada for his personal contributions.

Herman graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Berlin in 1899. He was posthumously thought to be the oldest man in the world in the last month of his life. He died of pneumonia.

Joe Thomas, born May 1, 1875. *
June 9, 1986 - December 14, 1986.

Or.

February 21, 1986 12:15 GMT - December 14, 1986 [296 days].
110 years 296 days - 111 years 227 days [13th oldest - 9th oldest].

Joe was from Lousiana. He is also a retroactive oldest man in the world, with his case being discovered in July 2002 by the Social Security Administration.

Walter Harris, born March 15, 1875. *
February 21, 1986 12:15 GMT - June 9, 1986
111 years 86 days.

Oldest in the United States, since February 16, 1985.

Walter Harris is from Texas.

Shigechiyo Izumi, born June 29, 1865. ***
Oldest person in world, November 16, 1976 - February 21, 1986 12:15 GMT. [3,384 days]
111 years 140 days - 120 years 237 days [9 years 97 days].

Oldest man in world, March 9, 1974 - February 21, 1986 12:15 GMT. [4,367 days]
108 years 253 days - 120 years 237 days.

June 29, 1982 - 117th birthday.

June 29, 1980 - 115th birthday.

Shigechiyo was born on the island of Tokunoshima, Japan. He lived a stress-free life, of course. His wife died when she was 90. Shigechiyo liked to drink shochu, a Japanese alcoholic beverage distilled from barley. He began work at age 6 in 1872 goading draft animals at a sugar mill, and retired as a sugarcane farmer at 105. He was 4 foot 8 (1.42 meters) and 94 pounds (42.6 kilograms). Shigechiyo Izumi had a pet dog (as of 1982).

His day begins with a walk around the garden. He lived on vegetables in his farm, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, tomato, aubergine, cucumber, carrots, spinach, and cabbage. I forgot what time he went to bed and what time he woke up but if I recall, he had well over 8 hours of sleep every night.

He suffered from pneumonia at 116, and recovered from it, but got it again at 120, and failed, so he died. Otherwise, he could have lived longer..

Of course, as one can suspect, Shigechiyo's age is disputed. It wasn't until 1991 until someone found out and claimed he had a younger brother. Also, Japanese officials who want to remain anonymous also say that as well.. In their theory, they claim that the younger Shigechiyo Izumi born in 1880 used his older brother's birth certificate of 1865. But that would mean the oldest Shigechiyo Izumi died young, and he was recorded to be alive as a 6 year old in Japan's 1871 census, so he had to die between 6 and 15.

Matter fact, no where have I seen on the Internet does it cite their source. Just, "people who want to remain anonymous." And the Guinness book aren't going to explain their dispute. Of course, to get him removed from the Guinness book, one would either have to prove Guinness wrong by saying his birth certificate was fake, etc. All they could claim was there might be 2 Shigechiyo Izumi birth certificates.

As for me, I been thinking about this for almost 2 years now, even sometimes as I sleep, so I pretty much analyzed everything there is to analyze. Is he 120 or 105? It would make a huge difference from the study of the oldest men, seeming as the next 2 oldest men lived to be 115.

The problem is, that Japan officials managed to find 2 Shigechiyo Izumis, 1 born in 1865, and another in 1880. But do they know they are brothers? Do they know if they have the same mom? Sure, we know they have the same last name. And as far as a way to resolve this, we would need to locate a death certificate, of the Shigechiyo Izumi who died young (seeming as no one knows which one it was). We could also look into that the 2 Shigechiyo Izumis were 15 years in age apart, could the same mother have given birth in another 15 years? What was her age difference?

So if a death certificate of the Shigechiyo Izumi who died young could be retrieved, then we would know which Shigechiyo Izumi it was that died young! (Assuming it said date of birth on death certificate).

Frederick Butterfield, born February 28, 1864. *
May 5, 1973 - March 9, 1974 [308 days].
109 years 66 days - 110 years 9 days.

Frederick was from England.

Friedrich Wedeking, born October 10, 1862. *
August 1970 - May 5, 1973 .
107 years - 110 years 207 days.

Friedrich was from Germany.

Khasako Dzugayev, born August 7, 1860. *
March 21, 1968 - August 1970.
107 years 227 days - 110 years.

John Mosely Turner, born June 15, 1856. **
Oldest person in world, January 10, 1966 - March 21, 1968 [2 years 70 days].
109 years 209 days - 111 years 280 days.

Oldest man in world, March 16, 1962 - March 21, 1968 [6 years 5 days].
105 years 274 days - 111 years 280 days.

John was born in Mitcham, Surrey, England, and died in England.

Joseph Saint-Amour, born February 26, 1852. **
February 10, 1961 - March 16, 1962 [1 year 34 days].
108 years 350 days - 110 days 18 days.

Joseph was from Quebec, Canada.

James Henry Brett, Jr., born July 25, 1849. **
Oldest person in world, June 25, 1959 - February 10, 1961 [596 days].
Oldest man in world, September 17, 1954 - February 10, 1961.
105 years 54 days - 111 years 200 days.

Wayland Newell, born September 15, 1846. *
October 10, 1953 - September 17, 1954 [342 days].
107 years 25 days - 108 years 2 days.

Karl Klockner, born December 28, 1845. *
March 12, 1953 - October 10, 1953 [212 days].
107 years 74 days - 107 years 286 days.

Karl was born in Hessen. His case isn't validated yet, but brought up by Matthias Kesselschlaeger on February 15, 2007. Being from Germany, that is a reliable country for birth registration.

James Albert Hard, born July 15, 1843. *
November 30, 1950 - March 12, 1953 [833 days].
107 years 138 days - 109 years 240 days.

James was from New York. He was the last of the Civil War veterans.

Michael Thralls, born January 16, 1843. *
November 30, 1950.
107 years 318 days.