Grace Clawson
Grace Clawson
Birth: 15 November 1887
London, England, UK
Death: 28 May 2002
Florida, USA
Age: 114 years, 194 days
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Grace Clawson (née Taylor) (15 November 1887 – 28 May 2002) was an English-American supercentenarian who was the world's oldest person from the death of fellow American Maud Farris-Luse on 18 March 2002 until her own death. She was not recognized as the World's Oldest Person at the time because her age was only posthumously verified by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and because Kamato Hongo's age claim was accepted until 2012, when the GRG withdrew its acceptance of it.[1]


Grace McCalmont Taylor was born in London, England, but her family moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada with her only sister. After her parents divorced when she was a teenager, she lived with foster parents until she married Ray Clawson in 1917. She had two daughters, Viola and Gladys, and became a widow in 1950. Before retiring, she worked as an embroiderer and as an office worker.[2]

At age 95, in 1982, Mrs. Clawson moved to the U.S. state of Florida, in order to live with her younger daughter Gladys, doing so for many years before going to live to an assisted living facility. She remained mentally sharp until her very last day of life, enjoying talks with her family and friends. She was survived by her 2 daughters, Viola and Gladys (aged 83 and 79 at the time), 5 grandchildren, 14 great- grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

She long believed that she was born in 1889 until her family ordered her birth certificate from the United Kingdom and discovered that Clawson was actually two years older than she thought she was.[3] Before finding out this fact, Grace Clawson humorously celebrated her 100th birthday in 1989, when it was actually her 102nd birthday.[4]


World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerJennie HowellMarie CarstensonNancy RyanChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet BrownNabi Tajima • Chiyo MiyakoKane Tanaka