Mae Harrington
Mae Harrington
Birth: 20 January 1889
New York, USA
Death: 29 December 2002
New York, USA
Age: 113 years, 343 days
Country: USA FlagUSA

Mary Agnes "Mae" Harrington (née Maxwell) (20 January 1889 – 29 December 2002) held the title of world's oldest living person until her death aged 113 years, 343 days. In 2002 she also held the New York state longevity record but this record was broken by Grace Thaxton in 2005. Some records, including her 1900 census record and SSDI, suggest she was born in 1887. She was succeeded as the oldest living person by Yukichi Chuganji.

Harrington spent most of her life in Clinton, Oneida County, New York, growing up on a dairy farm. She had three sisters and a brother. Her husband, George, worked for a local highway department and died in 1959. She only had one son, who fought at Guadalcanal in the Second World War and died in an airplane crash during the war. After her husband's death, Harrington lived alone in Clinton until she was 100, when she decided to enter the Heritage Health Care Center in Utica, New York.

Harrington's closest living relatives were two nieces, Elizabeth Burns and Dorothy Maxwell. Burns described her as a very private person who suffered from vision and hearing problems in her later years. In her youth, Harrington had been fond of animals, dancing, and Dean Martin.[1]


  1. Jonas Kover. "Clinton woman's 'everyday' life ends at age 113 in nursing home". Observer-Dispatch. January 1, 2003. Section A, Page 01.

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