Robert Early (left) in his centenarian years.
|Birth:||8 October 1849|
|Death:||9 October 1960|
|Age:||111 years, 1 day|
Robert Alexander Early (8 October 1849 – 9 October 1960) was an American supercentenarian who may have been the oldest living man at his death in 1960. Early was born in Whitley County, Kentucky, where he spent all his life. He worked as a school teacher, carpenter, mail carrier and storekeeper. Reportedly, he turned to woodworking at the age of 70, and had to give it up at the age of 107.
At the time of his death, if his age was true, he was the oldest man ever, and the first man in history to reach the age of 111. He was also the last surviving person born in the 1840s. Robert Alexander Early died in Corbin, Whitley County, Kentucky, on 9 October 1960, one day after celebrating his 111th birthday.