Lester Townsend
Lester Townsend
Lester Townsend in March 2019.
Birth: 31 March 1908
Cairo, Illinois, USA
Death: 22 October 2019
South Bend, Indiana, USA
Age: 111 years, 205 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Lester Syrus Townsend (31 March 1908 – 22 October 2019) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of his death, he was the second-oldest known living man in the United States behind CP Crawford of Illinois.


Lester Townsend was born in Cairo, Illinois, USA, on 31 March 1908. He was the grandson of slave Syrus Henson and his wife Clovis Henson. His great-uncle was also a slave. Both his grandfather and great-uncle were sold at their master’s daughter’s wedding.

At the age of 108, in June 2016, Townsend met President Barack Obama. Both were honored to have met each other. Obama asked Townsend what his secret to a long life was, to which Townsend replied “Whatever they give me [to eat].”

Townsend died in South Bend, Indiana, USA, on 22 October 2019 at the age of 111 years, 205 days. At the time of his death, he was the oldest known man in the state of Indiana.


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