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William Fullingim
Birth: 7 July 1855
Clarksville, Red River County, Texas, USA
Death: 6 August 1965
Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Age: 110 years, 30 days
Country: United StatesUSA

William Archer Fullingim (7 July 1855 – 6 August 1965) was a validated American supercentenarian. He was born in Clarksville, Red River County, Texas, as the youngest of five siblings. His parents were William J. and Catharine Eliza Fullingim. At the age of 18, he started working on a ranch. He later worked in the cattle business and as a butcher. On August 11, 1879, he married Nancy Watson. The couple had three children in total. One of them, Madge (1891 - 1989), lived to be 97 years old. The family later moved to Oklahoma.

When asked if he had any advice for living a long life, he said  "No, because no one would take it if I gave it".

He was married to his wife from 11 August 1879 until 25 April 1964, which would mean a marriage that lasted 84 years, 258 days. They were the world's longest known married couple.

Fullingim died on August 6, 1965 in Lawton, Oklahoma, at the age of 110 years, 30 days. Nancy died the year before at the age of 103. He was the world's oldest verified living person. However if the pending case, James Monroe King's age is true, he would have been the world's second oldest living person as well as man.



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