Sarah Knauss
Sarah Knauss
Sarah Knauss at the age of 115.
Birth: 24 September 1880
Hollywood, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 30 December 1999
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Age: 119 years, 97 days
Country: USA FlagUSA

Sarah DeRemer Knauss (née Clark) (24 September 1880 – 30 December 1999) was a validated American supercentenarian who is the second-oldest validated person in history, behind only Jeanne Calment. She is the longest-lived person in the history of the United States, and was the oldest person in the world from 16 April 1998 until her death.


Sarah DeRemer Clark was born in Hollywood, Pennsylvania, a "mining patch" community that no longer exists, at a time when the now-famous Hollywood, California did not yet exist. She lived much of her life in Allentown, where she brought up her daughter Kathryn (1903–2005).

Knauss's longevity first came to light after the death of Jeanne Calment in 1997, when she and Marie-Louise Meilleur were first authenticated (previously, Mary Bidwell (1881–1996) had been believed to be the oldest American).

Knauss died rather abruptly sitting in her chair on the afternoon of 30 December 1999, survived by five generations of descendants. She died 33 hours before the year 2000. Some of her organs were bequeathed to the New England Centenarian Study, which did an autopsy.

Longevity Records

Knauss was the eighth validated person to reach the age of 115, the fifth to reach 116, the fourth to reach 117, and the second and most recent to reach 118 and 119.



World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

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