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Mathew Beard

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Mathew Beard
Born(1870-07-09)July 9, 1870
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
💀Died(1985-02-16)February 16, 1985
(aged 114 years, 222 days)
Florida, U.S.(1985-02-16)February 16, 1985
(aged 114 years, 222 days)
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
💵 Salary :

Mathew Beard (July 9, 1870 – February 16, 1985)[1] was an African-American supercentenarian who has been verified as the world's oldest living person between 1983 and 1985, and the oldest living man between 1980 and 1985. In August 2013 the Gerontology Research Group included him as a verified case.[1]


Beard was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1870. He moved to Missouri in 1873 and was working at a sawmill at age twelve in 1882. In 1887 he temporarily moved to Florida to work on railroads, later moving back there in 1907. He was working as a mason in 1913, met his wife in 1919, and had twelve children. By 1977, he had outlived his wife and four of his twelve children. Beard claimed to have built his house at the age of 103 with the help of a grandson.[2]

A preacher and veteran of the Spanish–American War, Beard was a Freemason.[3]

See also[edit]

  • List of the verified oldest men
  • List of the verified oldest people
  • 100 oldest American people ever


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Table B, as of August 11, 2013". Grg.org. 2013-08-11. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  2. "103-year-old happy with life". The Gadsden Times.
  3. At 107 Years Old, He Has A Few Thoughts On Life

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