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Charlotte Benkner
Charlotte Benkner
Birth: 16 November 1889
Leipzig, Germany
Death: 14 May 2004
Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Age: 114 years, 180 days
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Charlotte Benkner (née Enterlein; 16 November 1889 – 14 May 2004) was a verified German-American supercentenarian and the world's 3rd-oldest living person at the time of her death aged 114 years, 180 days.

Benkner was born Charlotte Amanda Enterlein in Leipzig, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1896. She grew up in Peekskill, New York, where her family ran the Albert Hotel, and as a young woman once met then President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

On her 1908 marriage to Karl Benkner, she moved west, living in Pennsylvania and Ohio before retiring to Arizona. Already a supercentenarian and the oldest person in Arizona, Benkner returned to Ohio to live in North Lima. She became the oldest recognized person in the United States when 114-year-old Elena Slough died in October 2003. She lived with her sister Tillie Hare (the youngest of her siblings), whom she once cared for when their parents were running the hotel, until Tillie died, just two weeks short of becoming a centenarian, on 25 January 2004.

Benkner survived her sister by only four months, dying at 114 years 180 days after she was briefly hospitalized in Youngstown, Ohio, and was buried in Peekskill, Ohio. To this day, she remains the oldest person ever to have been born in Germany.

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