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10. Kamato Hongo: 116 years, 45 days

Kamato Hongo  (September 16, 1887? – October 31, 2003) was a Japanese supercentenarian and apparently the world’s oldest recognized living person from March 2002 until her death. She lived in Kagoshima, on Japan’s most southerly major island Kyūshū, and celebrated her possible 116th birthday the month before her death from pneumonia. Born on the small island of Tokunoshima, home of Shigechiyo Izumi, she later moved to Kagoshima on Kyūshū, where she lived with her daughter. The apparent oldest person in Japan after the death of Denzo Ishisaki in 1999, she attained a measure of celebrity and was the focus of some merchandise (washcloths, keyrings, phone cards, etc.) sold highlighting her longevity. She appeared on Japanese television several times. -wikipedia.org
 


 

9. Carrie C. White: 116 years, 88 days

Carrie C. White, née Joyner (November 18, 1874? – February 14, 1991), was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world around the time she celebrated her alleged 114th birthday in 1988. A resident of a Palatka, Florida nursing home, she had been institutionalized since a nervous breakdown in 1909, about the time of her divorce. Her documentation was described as impeccable, but recent research has indicated she might in fact have been 21 rather than 35 when she was admitted, meaning she may have died at 102 (instead of 116). If this is the case, Jeanne Calment became the world’s oldest living person not when Carrie White died February 14, 1991 (considered the holder of the United States longevity record until it was first broken by Lucy Hannah, then later by Sarah Knauss), but immediately on the death of Florence Knapp in January 1988. However, the 1900 Census match could not be considered an unequivocal identification. -wikipedia.org

8. Elizabeth Bolden: 116 years, 118 days

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bolden (née Jones) (August 15, 1890 – December 11, 2006) was an American supercentenarian woman who, at the time of her death at age 116 years and 118 days, was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person. She was the last remaining documented person born in 1890, and is one of only seven people in history who have undisputedly lived to 116 years of age. -wikipedia.org

7. Tane Ikai: 116 years, 175 days

Tane Ikai (猪飼たね Ikai Tane, January 18, 1879 – July 12, 1995) holds the record as Japan’s second oldest ever female. She is also Japan’s oldest undisputed person to have been born after the 1879 institution of the koseki system, a law requiring all Japanese households to report births.[citation needed]Ikai became Japan’s oldest person at age 113 in 1992 following the death of 114-year-old Waka Shirahama.[citation needed]She outlived her daughter and three sons. Ikai moved to a retirement home in 1972 at age 93 and enjoyed sewing and pottery making until she suffered a stroke at 99.[1] She suffered from a stroke at age 113 and had been bed-ridden since.[citation needed]She had three meals of a rice porridge (known as “okayu”) a day. She died at age 116 years 175 days (see List of the world’s oldest people) of kidney failure in Nagoya. Her body was the first of a supercentenarian known to be autopsied.

6. María Capovilla: 116 years, 347 days

María Esther Heredia de Capovilla née Lecaro (September 14, 1889 – August 27, 2006) was an Ecuadorian supercentenarian, and, at the time of her death at age 116 years 347 days, was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person. She was the last remaining documented person born in the 1880s. Furthermore, she is the oldest person to have lived in three centuries. -wikipedia.org

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5. Marie-Louise Meilleur: 117 years, 230 days

Marie-Louise Fébronie Meilleur née Chassé (August 29, 1880 – April 16, 1998) was a French Canadian supercentenarian who, upon the death of Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, became the oldest recognized living person. Meilleur is still the oldest validated Canadian ever. She was born in Kamouraska, Quebec, where she married her first husband, Étienne Leclerc, in 1900. After he and both of her parents died in 1911–1912, Meilleur left two of her four surviving children behind in 1913 and moved to the Ontario border. Only once, in 1939, did she return to the Quebec area. -wikipedia.org

4. Lucy Hannah: 117 years, 248 days

Lucy Hannah née Terrell (July 16, 1875 – March 21, 1993) was an American supercentenarian. Hannah is the fourth-oldest verified person on record and the oldest African American ever, as well as the oldest living American at the time of her death. She is also the oldest person ever not to have held the title of oldest living person, since her final years coincided with those of Jeanne Calment, the oldest documented person on record. -wikipedia.org

3. Sarah DeRemer Knauss: 119 years, 97 days

Sarah DeRemer Knauss (née Clark; September 24, 1880–December 30, 1999) was an American supercentenarian considered the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records from April 16, 1998, the date of the death of 117-year-old Canadian Marie-Louise Meilleur, until her own death. At age 117, she also set the record for the world’s oldest “new” title-holder (which corresponds to the highest “valley” on a graph of the oldest living persons over time). Knauss is the second-oldest fully documented person ever, behind Jeanne Calment. She died 33 hours before 2000, the last verified living person to have been born before 1885. -wikipedia.org

2. Shigechiyo Izumi: 120 years, 237 days

Shigechiyo Izumi ( June 29, 1865? – February 21, 1986) was a Japanese centenarian and, according to Guinness World Records, became the oldest living person after the death of Niwa Kawamoto, also from Japan. If his claimed birth-date is correct, he died aged 120 years and 237 days, older than any other recognized man, and would be the second-longest lived human ever, surpassed only by Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment.[1] He would also hold the record for the longest working career for a person, spanning 98 years. His name was recorded in Japan’s first census of 1871. -wikipedia.org

1. Jeanne Louise Calment: 122 years, 164 days

Jeanne Louise Calment (21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997, 10:45 CET) had the longest confirmed human life span in history, living 122 years and 164 days (44,724 days total). She lived in Arles, France, for her entire life, and outlived both her daughter and grandson. She became especially well known from the age of 113, when the centenary of Vincent van Gogh’s visit brought reporters to Arles, for she was the last person living to have met the artist. She entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1988, and on 17 October 1995 was declared the oldest person who had ever lived, having surpassed (the now dubious case of) Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan. Her life span has been thoroughly documented by scientific study, with more records having been produced to verify her age than for any other case. -wikipedia.org

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