George Callahan (left) aged 99.
|Birth:||6 October 1876|
|Death:||14 November 1986|
|Age:||110 years, 39 days|
George Alfred Callahan (6 October 1876 – 14 November 1986) was a validated American supercentenarian.
George was born in Winona County, Minnesota, to parents John Callahan (an Irish immigrant) and Sarah Josephine Callahan. Sarah died while he was still a child. To help supporting the family financially, George started working in a factory, as well as a truck driver.
On 14 August 1897, he married Mary M. Lafond. He enlisted in the U.S. Army when United States entered World War 1 in 1917. He became a widow in 1964 after the death of his wife Mary.
On the occasion of his 100th birthday, he stated that he did not expect to live such a long life. A few months prior, he had a gall bladder surgery. While his eyesight, according to himself, was poor, he claimed to still being able to read. He attributed his longevity to hard work, while noting that people nowadays (1970s) take ”too many coffee breaks.” He also said that ”automobiles killed the world, so far as I can see.”
Callahan passed away on 14 November 1986 at the age of 110 years, 39 days.
- Brainerd Daily Dispatch 6 October 1976