At 116, Arkansas woman named old­est Amer­i­can

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

LIT­TLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A south Arkansas woman cel­e­brated her 116th birth­day Fri­day with cake, a party and a new ti­tle — she’s now of­fi­cially the old­est con­firmed liv­ing Amer­i­can and sec­ond-old­est per­son in the world, the Geron­tol­ogy Re­search Group said.

Gertrude Weaver spent her birth­day at home at Sil­ver Oaks Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Cam­den, about 100 miles south­west of Lit­tle Rock. This year’s fes­tiv­i­ties in­cluded the new award from the Geron­tol­ogy Re­search Group, which an­a­lyzed U.S. Cen­sus records to de­ter­mine that Weaver is the old­est liv­ing Amer­i­can, rather than 115-year-old Jeralean Tal­ley, who was born in 1899.

The re­search group, which con­sults with the Guin­ness Book of World Records, found that the 1900 Cen­sus listed Weaver as 2 years old — putting her birth­day in 1898, said Robert Young, the re­search group’s data­base ad­min­is­tra­tor and se­nior con­sul­tant for Guin­ness.

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