There’s a newest oldest person on the block (er, in the world).
Susannah Mushatt Jones was deemed “Oldest Living Person” by Guinness World Records today, on her 116th birthday.
From Daily Intelligencer:
Technically, she received the title when her predecessor died on June 17, but it’s nice to have a round number.
Unlike the vast majority of humans, Jones has lived in three different centuries, having been born just five months after the end of the Spanish American War.
A resident of Brooklyn, she was honored by the New York Housing Authority at the age of 106 due to her participation in community tenant patrols with a congratulatory tribute from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Guinness World Records provided some biographical information:
Susannah was born Susie Mushatt in Lowndes County, Alabama, to Mary and Callie Mushatt. Her father was a sharecropper who picked cotton to support his wife and ten children. In 1922, Ms. Jones left Alabama for New Jersey before moving to New York City in 1923, finding employment as a live-in housekeeper and childcare provider.
Happy birthday, Susannah Mushatt Jones!