|Birth:||13 October 1896|
Toledo, Ohio, USA
|Death:||14 September 2008|
Livingston, New Jersey, USA
|Age:||111 years, 337 days|
Walter Seward was born in Toledo, Ohio, USA on 13 October 1896. His parents were Augustus Seward and Mae (née Hamilton) Seward. He had three siblings.
He attended high school in Vineland and went on to Rutgers College on a state scholarship, attending with Paul Robeson, and graduating Cum Laude in 1917. Seward graduated Harvard Law School in 1924, amongst such luminaries as future Florida Senator Claude Pepper. His instructors included future Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. He practiced property and title law in New York and New Jersey into the 1990s. In the 1930s, he worked as an attorney with the Home Owners' Loan Corporation, a New Deal agency established to strengthen the liquidity of mortgage lenders and to refinance homes to prevent foreclosure.
He married Florence Gardner and had two children: Jonathan Seward and Marymae Henley.
He was, at the time of his death, the third-oldest verified man living in the United States, the sixth-oldest man in the world, one of the 30 oldest living people and was the verified oldest recognized living person in New Jersey. He is also the 45th-oldest man ever.
Seward was well-known before his centenarian years as he was an accomplished lawyer.
To this day, Seward remains the oldest verified man born in Ohio and the oldest verified man to die in New Jersey (though Alphaeus Philemon Cole was born in New Jersey and lived to a greater age, he died in New York).
Seward died in Livingston, New Jersey, USA on 14 September 2008 at the age of 111 years, 337 days. He was survived by one son Jonathan Seward, one daughter Marymae Henley, and two grandsons Ethan and Logan.