|Birth:||9 July 1870|
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
|Death:||16 February 1985|
|Age:||114 years, 222 days|
Mat(t)hew Beard (9 July 1870 – 16 February 1985) was an American supercentenarian who was, at his death of 114 years, 222 days, the oldest man (and person) ever recorded, and remains one of only 7 men to reach 114 and the first man as well as person to reach the age of 114.
He is considered to have been the world's oldest person, the 55th oldest person of all time, the fourth-oldest verified man ever, the oldest verified man from the continental USA (though Emiliano Mercado del Toro was born in the US territory of Puerto Rico and lived to a greater age), the second-oldest American-born man ever, and the oldest black man ever.
On 4 September 2003, the Kestenbaum study confirmed his age of 114 years, 222 days.