James Wiggins
James Wiggins
Birth: 15 October 1879
Arkansas, USA
Death: 16 October 1991
Arkansas, USA
Age: 112 years, 1 days
Country: USA FlagUSA

James William Wiggins (15 October 1879 – 16 October 1991) was a verified American supercentenarian. He was born in a log cabin in Arkansas to parents William, a Civil War veteran, and Barbara Wiggins. James had 6 other siblings.

On 18 March 1905, he married Mamie Lane. He worked as a farmer. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during both world wars. He later remarried, this time to Molly Hill. At age 100, he was still physically able to chop wood. He became bedridden at age 109, but was still relatively healthy. A newspaper article from November 1989 reported that James was living with his daughter Rosetta in Lee County, Arkansas, since 20 years.

James Wiggins passed away on 16 October 1991, a day after his 112th birthday. He was succeeded as the World's Oldest Man by Frederick Frazier.

Revalidation research

Originally verified as a supercentenarian by the Kestenbaum Study, a rechecking of his case shows that he is absent from his parents’ 1880 census. This suggests either that he was born later than 1879, or that he was living elsewhere at the time (citation needed).


World's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • TE)

Sylvester Melvin • Joseph Saint-Amour • William Fullingim • John Mosley Turner
Friedrich Wedeking • Frederick Butterfield • Jean Teillet • Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • John Evans • Henri Perignon • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Josep Armengol-Jover • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • Denzo Ishizaki • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • John Painter • Antonio Todde • Yukichi Chuganji • Joan Riudavets-Moll • Fred Hale • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Tomoji Tanabe • Henry Allingham • Walter Breuning • Jiroemon Kimura • Salustiano Sanchez • Arturo Licata • Alexander Imich • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Israel Kristal

United States' Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Alphaeus Philemon Cole  • Alton Gilbert • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • John Painter • John McMorran • Fred Hale • Earl Brush • Moses Hardy • Thomas Nelson • Antonio Pierro • George Francis • Walter Breuning • Shelby Harris • Salustiano Sanchez • Alexander Imich • Conrad Johnson • Wash Wesley • Felix Simoneaux • Frank Levingston • Clarence MatthewsRichard Overton

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