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This is a list of people who may have held the title of "oldest person ever", according to validated research.

  1. Eilif Philipsen (July 21, 1682 - June 20, 1785), aged 102 years, 333 days.
  2. Ferdinand Ashmall (January 9, 1695 - February 2, 1798), aged 103 years, 27 days
  3. Bartholomew Johnson (October 3, 1710 - February 14, 1814), aged 103 years, 127 days
  4. Lorenzo Malori (August 27, 1724 - March 16, 1830), aged 105 years, 201 days
  5. Marie-Louise Plante (March 10, 1725 - June 14, 1832), aged 107 years, 96 days
  6. Pierre Darcourt (January 23, 1729 - May 11, 1837), aged 108 years, 108 days

From here, there are several possible routes to Calment as to who was the world's oldest.

The earliest route is:

  1. Thomas Peters (April 6, 1745 - March 26, 1857), aged 111 years, 354 days
  2. Delina Filkins (May 4, 1815 - December 4, 1928), aged 113 years, 214 days

However, some discount Peters' claim and instead state the sequence as:

  1. Anne D'Evergroote (October 18, 1783 - March 14, 1892), aged 108 years, 148 days
  2. Kirsti Skagen (May 8, 1788 - November 24, 1897), aged 109 years, 200 days
  3. Geert Adriaans Boomgaard (September 21, 1788 - February 3, 1899), aged 110 years, 135 days
  4. Margaret Ann Neve (May 18, 1792 - April 4, 1903), aged 110 years, 321 days
  5. Louisa Thiers (October 2, 1814 - February 17, 1926), aged 111 years, 138 days
  6. Delina Filkins (May 4, 1815 - December 4, 1928), aged 113 years, 214 days

Again, disputes bring into question what the proper sequence is after Filkins.

If Izumi is legitimate, the sequence is:

  1. Shigechiyo Izumi (June 29, 1865 - February 21, 1986), aged 120 years, 237 days
  2. Jeanne Calment (February 21, 1875 - August 4, 1997), aged 122 years, 164 days

However, Izumi is also disputed, and therefore the succession may be:

  1. Fannie Thomas (April 14, 1867 - January 22, 1981), aged 113 years, 283 days
  2. Mathew Beard (July 9, 1870 - February 16, 1985), aged 114 years, 222 days
  3. Augusta Holtz (August 3, 1871 - October 21, 1986), aged 115 years, 79 days
  4. Carrie C. White (November 18, 1874 or November 18, 1873 - February 14, 1991), aged either 116 years, 88 days or 117 years, 88 days
  5. Jeanne Calment (February 21, 1875 - August 4, 1997), aged 122 years, 164 days

However, White has also been disputed, and therefore Calment may have been the first to 116.

Regardless of the sequence, it is the same until Darcourt, and the quickest route is:

  1. Eilif Philipsen (July 21, 1682 - June 20, 1785), aged 102 years, 333 days.
  2. Ferdinand Ashmall (January 9, 1695 - February 2, 1798), aged 103 years, 27 days
  3. Bartholomew Johnson (October 3, 1710 - February 14, 1814), aged 103 years, 127 days
  4. Lorenzo Malori (August 27, 1724 - March 16, 1830), aged 105 years, 201 days
  5. Marie-Louise Plante (March 10, 1725 - June 14, 1832), aged 107 years, 96 days
  6. Pierre Darcourt (January 23, 1729 - May 11, 1837), aged 108 years, 108 days
  7. Thomas Peters (April 6, 1745 - March 26, 1857), aged 111 years, 354 days
  8. Delina Filkins (May 4, 1815 - December 4, 1928), aged 113 years, 214 days
  9. Shigechiyo Izumi (June 29, 1865 - February 21, 1986), aged 120 years, 237 days
  10. Jeanne Calment (February 21, 1875 - August 4, 1997), aged 122 years, 164 days

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