Adelina Domingues

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Adelina Domingues
Born(1888-02-19)February 19, 1888
Cape Verde
💀Died(2002-08-21)August 21, 2002
(aged 114 years, 183 days)
San Diego, California(2002-08-21)August 21, 2002
(aged 114 years, 183 days)
💼 Occupation
Known forOldest living person
(28 May 2002 – 21 August 2002)
👩 Spouse(s)
Jose Manuel Domingues
(m. 1907; died 1950)
👶 Children4

Adelina Domingues (February 19, 1888 – August 21, 2002) was a Cape Verdean American supercentenarian who was the world's oldest person from the May 28, 2002, death of fellow 114-year-old American woman Grace Clawson until her own death less than three months later.[1]


Domingues was born in 1888 in Cape Verde. Her family was not very well off financially at the time of her birth. Domingues's Italian father was a harbor pilot by profession, and her mother was Portuguese by ethnicity.[2]

She married a ship captain in 1907, and moved to the United States that year.[2] Her husband died from cancer in 1950.[2] Domingues was a missionary from the Church of the Nazarene in Cape Verde and other parts of Africa and was also a religious preacher when she lived in Massachusetts, as well as an expert seamstress.[2]

Domingues was a firm believer in the American Dream, was deeply religious, had conservative political views, and was a pen pal of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.[2] Domingues ate beans and vegetables every day, and also avoided tobacco and alcohol.[2] She refused to take medication as well. She had four children, but only one of them (a son, Frank) reached adulthood.[2]

Frank died in 1998 at the age of 71, with Adelina outliving him by four years.[2] Domingues died at a nursing home in the San Diego, California, area in August 2002, at age 114 years and 183 days.[2] Domingues claimed she was actually 115 years old, but her family and Cape Verdean diplomats did some research and discovered her baptismal information, from which they concluded that Domingues was 114 years old when she died.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Oldest people
  • List of the oldest people by country
  • List of American supercentenarians


  1. Young, Robert D (September 17, 2012). "GRG Table C (2012) World's Oldest Person Titleholders (since 1955)". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Adelina Domingues, 114; Oldest Person in the U.S. Los Angeles Times, August 24, 2002.
  3. "Woman was oldest in U.S.", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, p. 11, August 24, 2002, retrieved January 1, 2013

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