With the death on Wednesday of 117-year-old Japanese woman Misao Okawa, an American, Gertrude Weaver, is now the world’s oldest person.
In fact, the three oldest people in the world, as documented by the Guinness Book of Records, are Americans. Joining Weaver, who lives in Arkansas, are Michigan’s Jeralean Talley and New York City’s Susannah Mushatt Jones. The three are among only four people still living who were born in the 1800s. The other is Italy’s Emma Morano.
Weaver, like Okawa, was born in 1898, and is due to turn 117 on July 4. The other three were born in 1899.See more photo detailed below