John McMorran
John McMorran
Birth: 19 June 1889
Michigan, USA
Death: 24 February 2003
Florida, USA
Age: 113 years, 250 days
Country: USA FlagUSA

John McMorran (19 June 1889 – 24 February 2003) was a verified American supercentenarian. He was, at the time of his death, the oldest living man in the United States and 2nd oldest living man in the world behind Yukichi Chuganji and the longest-lived man ever who never held the title of the oldest living man in the world.


He was born in a log cabin in Goodland Township, Michigan, as the oldest child of George McMorran and Lydia Ingram, who were farmers. McMorran was the cousin of Representative Henry Gordon McMorran (1844–1929). His sister, Lillia Elizabeth Webb lived to the age of 103. In his youth, a fortune teller predicted that he would live to age 111, but this seemingly outlandish forecast proved conservative, as barely one in six people who reach 111 live as long as McMorran finally did.

Since he was too old for the draft during World War I, John McMorran worked at a munitions factory, earning $1 a day. After the war, he hauled milk until the 1950s, when he took a job carrying mail. He retired at the age of 84. His wife, Matie died in 1964. McMorran also outlived his only child, Robert John.

He moved to Lakeland in 1990 where he lived in a health care facility. He quited cigars at the age of 97. He also drank and ate greasy food. In his last years, McMorran’s eyesight had failed and people had to shout to be heard.

At the time of his death, he had a grandson, two great-grandchildren, and a 5-year-old great-great-grandson.


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