Lessie Brown
Lessie Brown
Birth: 22 September 1904
Stockbridge, Georgia, USA

114 years, 82 days

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Lessie Brown (née Barnes; born 22 September 1904) is a validated American supercentenarian. She is the oldest known living person in the United States and the last validated American born in 1904.


Brown was born in Stockbridge, Georgia. She grew up on a farm. In 1921, her parents moved to Cleveland, Ohio. In 1925, Brown got married. She and her husband had five children - three girls and two boys. Her husband died in 1991. Three of her children were still alive at the time of her 110th birthday: Veerline Wilson, Vivian Hatchern and Robert Brown, along with 29 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

During her life in Cleveland, Brown worked at the Statler Hotel and Mount Sinai Hospital. After her husband’s death, Brown moved to live with her daughter Veerline in University Heights. Later on, the two moved to the Concord Apartments in 1996. Brown said she had had surgery twice in her life, but never for anything serious. Brown attended services at the Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Brown became the oldest known living person in the United States upon the death of Delphine Gibson on 9 May 2018.


United States' Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Clarida RoyMary BittlebrunSophia DeMuthFannie ThomasNellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Florence Knapp • Lucy Hannah • Margaret SkeeteWilhelmina Kott • Sarah Knauss • Myrtle Dorsey • Maud Farris-LuseGrace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Mary Christian • Elena Slough • Charlotte Benkner • Emma Verona Johnston • Elizabeth Bolden • Emma TillmanCorinne 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 DunlapDelphine GibsonLessie Brown