Mathew Beard
Mathew Beard
Birth: 9 July 1870
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Death: 16 February 1985
Florida, USA
Age: 114 years, 222 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Mat(t)hew Beard (9 July 1870 – 16 February 1985) was a validated American supercentenarian who is believed to have been the oldest living person in the world following the death of Emma Wilson until his own death over a year later. At the final age of 114 years, 222 days, he was the oldest validated person ever recorded until his age was surpassed by Augusta Holtz the following year.


Mathew Beard was born in Norfolk Virginia on 9 July 1870. When he was aged three, his family moved to Missouri. At the age of 12, he began working, where he was first employed at a local sawmill. Five years later, at the age of 17, he arrived in Florida and found work on the railroad; he would remain in the state for the rest of his life. He married Angerine Brooks, with whom he had 12 children. In addition to working on the railroad, he also made a living as a preacher, as well as farming tobacco in the field nearby his home. He became an ordained minister in the Missionary Baptist Church in 1919, and continued preaching well into his centenarian years.

Mathew Beard died in Florida on 16 February 1985, at the age of 114 years, 222 days. He was the first person known to have reached 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 y:Disputed]] [[Category:Unite 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.



World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerJennie HowellMarie CarstensonNancy RyanChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet BrownNabi Tajima • Chiyo MiyakoKane Tanaka

World's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • TE)

Sylvester Melvin • Joseph Saint-Amour • William Fullingim • John Mosley Turner
Friedrich Wedeking • Frederick Butterfield • Jean Teillet • Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • John Evans • Henri Perignon • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Josep Armengol-Jover • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • Denzo Ishizaki • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • John Painter • Antonio Todde • Yukichi Chuganji • Joan Riudavets-Moll • Fred Hale • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Tomoji Tanabe • Henry Allingham • Walter Breuning • Jiroemon Kimura • Salustiano Sanchez • Arturo Licata • Alexander Imich • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Israel Kristal • Francisco Nunez Olivera • Masazo NonakaChitetsu WatanabeBob Weighton

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