Hiram Cronk
Hiram Cronk
Hiram Cronk at the age of 101.
Birth: 29 April 1800
Frankfort, New York, USA
Death: 13 May 1905
Ava, New York, USA
Age: 105 years, 14 days
Country: United StatesUSA
Centenarian

Hiram Cronk (29 April 1800 – 13 May 1905) was an American centenarian who was the last surviving veteran of the war of 1812.

Biography

Hiram Cronk was born in Frankfort, New York, USA on 29 April 1800. In 1814 at the age of 14, he enlisted in the New York Militia with his father and two brothers. He served with the New York Volunteers in the defense of Sackett's Harbor and was discharged November 16, 1814. For his service, he received a pension of $12 per month. In 1903, the United States Congress increased it to $25 per month. He also received a special pension of $72 per month from the State of New York.

Cronk spent most of his life working as a shoemaker. He married Mary Thornton in 1825, with whom he had seven children. At the time of his death, he had 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. (His great-granddaughter Jane lived to over 100 years).

Death

Hiram Cronk died in Ava, New York, USA on 13 May 1905 at the age of 105 years, 14 days. After his death, his body was displayed in the main lobby of New York City Hall. An estimated 925,000 people paid their respects. He is interred in the Mount of Victory, Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

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