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Frederick Hale

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Frederick Hale
BornFrederick Harold Hale
(1890-12-01)December 1, 1890
New Sharon, Maine, U.S
💀Died(2004-11-19)November 19, 2004
(aged 113 years, 354 days)
Syracuse, New York, U.S(2004-11-19)November 19, 2004
(aged 113 years, 354 days)
Cause of deathPneumonia
💼 Occupation
Railroad postal worker and beekeeper
TitleSupercentenarian Oldest licensed driver in Guinness at age 108
👩 Spouse(s)Flora Mooers (m. 1910–1979; her death)
👶 Children5
👴 👵 Parent(s)Fred & Nettie Hale
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Frederick Harold Hale Sr. (December 1, 1890 – November 19, 2004) was an American supercentenarian. After the death of John Ingram McMorran in February 2003, at the age of 112 years, Hale was recognized as the oldest living man in the United States. In March 2004, at 113, he became the oldest living man in the world, following the death of the Spaniard Joan Riudavets. Hale is verified to be one of the ten oldest men in recorded history, as well as the oldest recorded person born in the state of Maine.


Fred Hale was born in New Sharon, Maine, on December 1, 1890. His parents, Fred and Nettie, both lived to be 91. In 1910, he married Flora Mooers and later in the same year they had their first child. Hale spent his career as a railroad postal worker and a beekeeper.[citation needed] In 1979, after 69 years of marriage, Flora died, leaving Hale to live independently for another 25 years.[1]

When Hale was 95, he visited his grandson in Japan. On their return trip, he stopped at Hawaii, where he surfed for the first time in his life. At 100, he visited Europe with his eldest son Norman and his daughter-in-law in order to visit the locations of his son's military service during World War II. Until the age of 103 he shoveled the snow off of his own roof, and he drove a car until the age of 108.[2] At 109 he left Maine for Liverpool, New York to stay with his youngest son, Fred Hale Jr. He later relocated to nearby Baldwinsville. After cataract surgeries at ages 109 and 110, he still had unusually good vision for a supercentenarian and continued to play cards until his death.[citation needed] Shortly before his death, Hale and his son moved to Jamesville, New York, where he received media attention for being the world's oldest Boston Red Sox fan when the team won the 2004 World Series, its first World Series since 1918.[3]


At the time of his death, Hale was survived by two of his five children, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and eleven great-great-grandchildren.[4]


The Guinness World Records recognized Hale as the oldest licensed driver at 108 years old. According to Fred Hale III, he gave up driving because he found slow drivers annoying, and not due to his age.[5] Amongst his honors and records, Hale was the oldest retired railway postal worker and the oldest registered beekeeper. He often related the story of his last successful deer hunt at the age of 100 in Missouri.

Hale credited his longevity and lack of arthritis to eating bee pollen and honey every day, along with the occasional nip of whiskey.


Twelve days before his 114th birthday, Hale died in a nursing home in New York City from complications of pneumonia. He was buried in Farmington, Maine. After his death, Emiliano Mercado Del Toro took over as the world's oldest man.

See also[edit]


  1. "The World's Oldest Person". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. Oliver, Myrna (22 November 2004). "Fred Hale, 113; World's Oldest Man Drove a Car Until Age 108". Retrieved 26 October 2018 – via LA Times.
  3. "Fred Hale Sr., world's oldest man; at 113 - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. Hale's obituary[dead link]
  5. "World's oldest man dies aged 113". 20 November 2004. Retrieved 26 October 2018 – via

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