Sarah Knauss
Sarah Knauss
Sarah Knauss at the age of 115.
Birth: 24 September 1880
Hollywood, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 30 December 1999
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Age: 119 years, 97 days
Country: USA FlagUSA

Sarah DeRemer Knauss (née Clark; 24 September 1880 – 30 December 1999) was a verified American supercentenarian. She is the longest-lived person in the history of the United States, and was the oldest in the world from 16 April 1998 until her death. She is the second-oldest verified person, and woman, in history, behind only Jeanne Calment.


Sarah DeRemer Clark was born in Hollywood, Pennsylvania, a "mining patch" community that no longer exists, at a time when the now-famous Hollywood, California did not yet exist. She lived much of her life in Allentown, where she brought up her daughter Kathryn (1903–2005).

Her longevity first came to light after the death of Madame Calment in 1997, when she and Marie-Louise Meilleur were first authenticated (previously, Mary Bidwell (1881–1996) had been believed to be the oldest American).

She died rather abruptly sitting in her chair on the afternoon of 30 December 1999, survived by 5 generations of descendants. She died 33 hours before the year 2000. Some of her organs were bequeathed to the New England Centenarian Study, which did an autopsy.



World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerJennie HowellMarie CarstensonNancy RyanChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet BrownNabi Tajima

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