Meet the New Oldest American

Meet 116-Year-Old Gertrude Weaver, America’s Oldest Person

TIME reports on the Arkansas woman, who celebrated a birthday on the 4th of July

by #teamEBONY, July 8, 2014

Meet the New Oldest American

Meet the New Oldest American

Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas celebrated her 116th birthday on July 4 and is the new oldest-living American, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which keeps track of super-centenarians worldwide.

The organization’s database administrator Robert Young told the Associated Press that Weaver earned the title after records from the 1900 Census and her 1915 marriage certificate (she wed at 17) confirmed her 1898 birth year. She is now the second-oldest living person, after Misao Okawa of Osaka, Japan, who was born March 5, 1898.


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