|Birth:||20 September 1888|
Keeling Branch, Tennessee, USA
|Death:||1 March 2001|
Hermitage Springs, Tennessee, USA
|Age:||112 years, 162 days|
John Painter was born in the Keeling Branch community in Jackson County, Tennessee, USA on 20 September 1888. He enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 29. As a result, he went to France, where he hauled ammunition and field guns to the front lines at the forest of Argonne. This earned him one of France's highest honors: the Order of the Legion of Honor, an honor only five other Tennesseans had received. On 12 April 1919, he was honorably discharged and returned home to Jackson County where he resumed his career as a blacksmith. He married Gillie Watson, a woman he knew since his childhood, and got two daughters. On 15 November 1999, Painter became the world's oldest man after the death of Antonio Urrea-Hernandez.
Painter died in Hermitage Springs, Tennessee, USA, on 1 March 2001 at tge age of 112 years, 162 days. At the time of his death, he was also the oldest living American veteran.
- Gerontology Research Group
- Find a Grave
- Honoring the 112th Birthday of World War I Veteran John Painter
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Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • Alton Gilbert • Oscar Dubois • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • John Painter • John McMorran • Fred Hale • Earl Brush • Moses Hardy • Thomas Nelson • Antonio Pierro • George Francis • Walter Breuning • Shelby Harris • Salustiano Sanchez • Alexander Imich • Conrad Johnson • Wash Wesley • Felix Simoneaux • Frank Levingston • Clarence Matthews • Richard Overton • Henry Tseng • CP Crawford • Irving Piken • Lawrence Brooks