|Birth:||10 October 1873|
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA
|Death:||11 January 1988|
Montgomery Square, Pennsylvania, USA
|Age:||114 years, 93 days|
Florence Knapp (10 October 1873 – 11 January 1988) was, for the last two weeks of her life, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world.
Born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, she lived in nearby Montgomery Square much of her life and came from a large and long-lived family, eight of her siblings dying in their 80s and 90s and one sister reaching age 108. She never married.
By October 1987, when she was honored by the Pennsylvania legislature, she was recognized by Guinness as the oldest person in the United States, and the death of Anna Eliza Williams on 27 December 1987, meant that Knapp became the oldest verified recognized living person. Her death, aged 114 years, 93 days, just 15 days after meant that she never appeared in a Guinness Book as the oldest living person.
Her death caused some confusion as to who her successor was, with Guinness recognition and press publicity alighting first on Orpha Nusbaum (August 1875 – March 1988), who died before the 1989 edition's deadline, then Birdie May Vogt (August 1876 – July 1989), who appeared in the 1989 edition's main text, then Jeanne Calment, mentioned in the addenda section, and finally in November 1988 on Carrie C. White, whose claim to birth in November 1874 was accepted, but White's case is no longer accepted, so her successor was Jeanne Calment.
- Altoona Mirror, November 26, 1986
- Huntingdon Daily News, October 14, 1987
- Altoona Mirror, January 13, 1988
- Montgomery Township Historical Society: The Knapp Farm
|United States' Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • E)|
Clarida Roy • Mary Bittlebrun • Sophia DeMuth • Fannie Thomas • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Florence Knapp • Lucy Hannah • Margaret Skeete • Wilhelmina Kott • Sarah Knauss • Myrtle Dorsey • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Mary Christian • Elena Slough • Charlotte Benkner • Emma Verona Johnston • Elizabeth Bolden • Emma Tillman • Corinne Dixon Taylor • Edna Parker • Gertrude Baines • Mary Josephine Ray • Neva Morris • Eunice Sanborn • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Goldie Michelson • Adele Dunlap • Delphine Gibson